St Magdalene 19 (Rare Malts 1979/1998) Review

This is a 19 year St Magdalene from Diageo’s Rare Malts line that was bottled at 63.8% ABV.

Nose: Strawberry candies and fresh lemon juice leading off with anise, wormwood, toasted marshmallows, charcoal, and a bit of a rubber cement note.

Palate: Heat is quite strong up front with notes of marshmallows, black pepper, and a bit of smoke. The rubber cement note returns along with dry oak.

Finish: Vanilla and lemon juice linger as oak turns even drier.

Rating: 86/100 – I’m not usually a big fan of lowlands, but this is one of the better ones I’ve tried. The heavy ethyl acetate notes throughout docked a few points off this one for me unfortunately.

Value for the money: You don’t see these up at auction too terribly often, but looks like the last one went for around €700. At that price, you’re competing with a ton of great malts that I would choose over this. If this were available at retail, I wouldn’t pay more than $150-200.

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