St Magdalene Distillery, also known as Linlithgow, was founded in the late 1700s. It was one of five distilleries once operated in the town of Linlithgow and the last one to close.
St Magdalene was equipped with two pairs of stills and produced about 1.3 million liters of spirit per annum. The distillery ceased operations in 1983 due to whisky oversupply and most of the buildings were converted into apartments. In the 21st Century St Magdalene and Rosebank remain the most collectible Lowlands’ malts. The 1975 Vintage expression was bottled in 2005 as part of Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old range and comprises whiskies aged in refill hogsheads.
Nose: beautiful combination of forest floor, old oak, vanilla and toffee, hints of coconut and pineapple and touch of furniture polish.
Palate: nicely balanced, vanilla, toffee, baked apples, coconut flakes, hints of cinnamon and pepper, lemon grass and oak.
Finish: medium long, oaky and spicy with just a touch of fruit.