Macallan 1938 Gordon and Macphail bottling Speymalt series (Scottish Whisky: Speyside Single Malt: 65 Years Old: 41.4% ABV)

Disclaimer: Tasted at a whisky show, this was a comparatively short measure so the tasting note is similarly reduced as I did not get time to contemplate the full range. However I still felt it worth sharing my thoughts on these whiskys I would otherwise have been unable to experience.

Visual: Rich bronzed amber.

Viscosity: Insanely fast forming thick streaks.

Nose: Sweet grain and brown sugar. Distinct floral fields. Complex sugary delicacies. Sherried notes and rose petals.

Body: Oak filled main heavy booming flavour. In fact the aged mature oak is dominating throughout. Grapes and the slightest spices. Somewhat musty

Finish: Burnt wood and dry, surprisingly simple.

Conclusion: A brilliant nose on this Methuselah of a whisky. The nose is so rich and pleasant that the main body seems so very bland by comparison.

The oak is obvious and dominant and whilst impressive and feels very rounded on the mouth it does not expand out greatly into the complexity one would wish for.

Most definitely not worth the cost, but I must say it was an interesting trip through the ages and a reminder that age by itself does not make a fine whisky.