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1965 Gordon & Macphail Connoisseur's Choice St. Magdalene Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 40%
St. Magdalene Distillery (now demolished) is one of the mythical Lowland distilleries, along with Rosebank, for which senior malt enthusiasts feel an acute sense of loss. Amongst the oldest distilleries in Scotland, it was established at least by 1798 (and possibly as early as 1765). During its early life, it was known as "Linlithgow" after the town in which it was built, and some Independent bottlings have been labelled as such. It was moved to its final location in 1834, to be close to the Union Canal. Before the distillery existed, the site was home to a leper colony, convent, and hospital at various points in time between the 12th and 18th-centuries. The distillery took its name from St. Magdalene's Hospital, a lazar house which once stood upon the site.The vast majority of the output of the Saint Magdalene / Linlithgow distillery was devoted to blends. Then, partly as a consequence of the big whisky slump in the 1970’s and 1980s, it ceased production and finally closed in 1983. Some of the buildings were converted into apartments, but the distinctive pagoda roofs are still present. This ultra rare St. Magdalene was distilled 1965 and bottled under Gordon & Macphail's Connoisseur's Choice 'Map Label' series. 40% Alc./Vol.
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