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The whisky

List of the bottles

Official 12 years 80/100
8
4 4
Official Fine Oak 10 years 81/100
2
0 2
Official Cask Strength, 10 years 91/100
2
1 1
Official Elegancia 84/100
6
5 1
Official Cask Strength 81/100
5
4 1
Official Fine Oak 12 years 79/100
3
2 1
Official 10 years 79/100
1
0 1
Official Twenties 79/100
3
3 0
Official Forties 82/100
3
3 0
Official Fifties 81/100
3
3 0
Official Thirties 82/100
4
3 1
Official Fine Oak 15 years 89/100
2
0 2
Official 10 years, Coffret Traveller's Choice 87/100
1
0 1
Official 12 years (80's, imported by Rothschild) 87/100
1
0 1
Official 12 yo Fine Oak Triple cask matured 65/100
1
0 1
Official 15 years 79/100
4
4 0
Official 18 years 85/100
5
5 0
Official 18 yo (1991-2009) 77/100
1
0 1
Official 25 years, 1965 (Gouin SA) 91/100
1
0 1 Forum
Alc-hem-ist Alc-hem-ist 1990, 15 years 84/100
1
1 0
Alc-hem-ist Apple Mac 16 years 79/100
1
1 0
Cadenhead Macallan-Glenlivet 1987 86/100
2
0 9 BT2005
Clan des Grands Mals 13 ans 86/100
13
1 12 BT2009
Dewar Rattray 19 years, 1988/2007 88/100
1
0 1
Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask, 15 years 84/100
2
2 0
Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 25 years 85/100
4
1 3 Forum
Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt 1999 80/100
1
1 0
Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt 1995-2004 68/100
1
0 1
Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt 1998-2007 82/100
1
0 1
Jean Boyer Best Casks of Scotland 1998-2009 77/100
1
1 0
Jean Boyer Best Casks of Scotland 1991, 57,5% 86/100
2
1 1
Jean Boyer Best Casks of Scotland 1998 0/100
Jean Boyer Best Casks of Scotland 1991 43° 84/100
1
1 0
Jean Boyer Best Casks of Scotland 1991 56,4° 84/100
1
1 0
Jean Boyer Best Casks of Scotland 1991 84/100
1
1 0
John McDougall Golden Cask 1987 81/100
2
2 0
Mackillop 1990 88/100
1
0 1
Malts of Scotalnd 1998, bourbon barrel 79/100
1
1 0
Malts of Scotalnd 1990, Fino Sherry Hogshead 85/100
19
1 18 Forum WDTS2012-05
Meadowside (The Maltman) 21 years 82/100
1
1 0
Scott's Selection Scott's Selection 1979/2004 83/100
1
0 1 Forum
Malts of Scotland
Scott's Selection Scott's Selection 1985 79/100
2
2 0
Malts of Scotland
Whiskies of Scotland 1989 84/100
18
1 17 WDTS2012-05
Wilson & Morgan 1998, Marsala Finish 85/100
23
1 22 WDTS2014-01

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Macallan: official bottlings

Macallan

12 years

Age
12 ans
Taux d'alcool
43,0 %
Embouteilleur
Officiel
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liens et cote moyenne
80/100
The colour is coppered amber. The nose is full, rather dry and pleasant and marked by sherry, vanilla and rubber.
The palate is both sweet and dry and confirms the nose.
The finish, average long could be cleaner. Our expectation about this malt was high, and this 12 years old version is rather good (for a bottom-of-range malt).

(la Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
One of the greatest names in whisky. A major. The great name among the Speyside whiskies. Macallan is a concept on it own. The distillery bears the name of "The Macallan" just as Glenlivet which became "The Glenlivet". Despite all this, and despite the quality of the whisky, I quoted it 17. This is indeed a bottom-of-range version. I found some dominant malt hints, and I prefer personally more complex and subtle whiskies.
This 12 years old version is not produced any more by the distillery at the moment.
79/100
The sherry nose is rather dry, despite some light vanilla hints on the background, which give it a nice complexity. In the palate, dry sherry dominates, with some slightly acid touches. The palate is less complex than the nose was and the too short finish remains on sherry on a malt background.
79/100
The nose is clearly marked by sherry and discrete woody notes. Some hints of plum jam too.
In the palate a kind of slight acidity mixes with the sherry motes and gives the impression that this whisky was nicer when nosing it. The mouth is clearly behind the nose.
The finish, still marked by sherry presents some malt hints too and is relatively long even though it is rather flat.
79/100
Comment by Jimmy Shields
I`am rather new to the world of single malt scotch. If I had started with this bottle I do not think I would have been hooked. The nose I like, is sweet almost creamy. For taste however a little too sherryish and not enough something I don`t know maybe smoke,not very complex (its like i`am always waiting for something to happen that never does).I find the taste develops into a tea taste that stays with the finish which is not that long. Maybe I`am not being fair with this whisky, but when i drink it I keep thinking what it does not have rather than what it has.
70/100
Apperance: Chestnut or very deep copper
Nose: Medium prickle at bottling strength which dulls the impression more than expected. Well sherried, nutty and creamy. Behind that, some winey notes on an oily background. Stewed apples, linen and cardboard. Diluted dram lends more freshness and brings out some of the other European oak associated aromas, like new rubber. Also some apricot creme, nutmeg and ginger. Complex and attractive, yet authorative.
Body: Very firm and smooth, but not very heavyPalate: Sweet and full bodied- marzipan, oak and fruitcake. At first I thought it was less rich than I remember, but after leaving it out to breathe for just a few minutes it seems to be back on form. Well sherried, pleasant and very smooth all around. The finish is lon! g and has a good complexity of flavours, oakiness, spices and deep fruity elements becoming just at tad sulphury towards the very end. Good complexity but still pleasant and easily enjoyable
90/100

Macallan

15 years

Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Sherry Oloroso
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79/100
This version as been marketed in 2001 by the distillery and is intended for the American market.
The production of this version will be stopped in 2003, and replaced by cask strength version, also intended for the American market.
The colour is copper to amber. The nose reveals the sherry, dry fruits and clove, with toffee and orange hints.
The palate detects a toffee sweetness, dry fruit, oranges and apples. Clove and toffee detected by the nose are conformed in the mouth.
The finis is long, rich and oily, revealing a taste of nuts and spicy oranges
Personal Comment
The typical amber colour characterising malts matured in Oloroso sherry casks and especially the Macallan whiskies is also present in this edition. The sherryish nose is pleasant. Strong spicy fragrances make from this malt a whisky appreciated by the Macallan lovers (they are legion). The pleasant taste misses some subtlety, according to me. I'm not an ardent supporter of Macallan. However, this is a great bottle. I really recommend it.
79/100
The nose is rather marked by sherry, with a hint of citrus fruits. The taste is relatively complex, going from orange to green apple, through malt touches. A quite short finish with some spicy and slightly acid hints.
79/100
The nose is very marked by sherry with a touch of spices. The mouth reveals toffee hints and the spices are stil present, with touches of fruit. A nice finish, slightly bitter, woody.
79/100
The sherry is predominant at the nose which is further rather spiced and reveals a slight touch of citrus fruit. In the mouth, this whisky is first quite dry and bitter, woody, but gets open after a while to reveal nice spicy notes. A nice round finish.
79/100
Quite a nice nose, marked by sherry, spices and prune hints. In the palate, sherry dominates as well and nice slightly woody and chocolate notes mix together to produce a pleasant result. The finish is lingering and warm. Even if this is not really a top whisky, it remains quite a good one.
79/100

Macallan

Cask Strength

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
58,8 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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links & average quote
81/100
The colour is amber with golden glints. The nose is marked my toffee and chocolate. It develops spicy (pepper) and woody touches (oak, cypress).
The mouth is smooth, with praline, bitter orange and nutty touches. It goes over to vanilla and undergrowth hints.
The finish reveals a fine salted and balsamic touch.

(la Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
The first nose contact reveals a great whisky. Chocolate touches mixed with slightly spicy fragrances define this bottle. The palate, not hindered by the high alcoholic percentage, detects the Macallan characteristic sherry hints. A superb and very long finish prolongs the pleasure. The very affordable price of this bottling makes it an absolute must in each whisky collection, especially for those who appreciate Speyside whiskies and Cask strengths.
84/100
A second tasting just confirmed the first one. The dominant effect of sherry is very present from the very first nosing. The immediate feeling is that this is a good Macallan...
84/100
The sherry is very present at the first nosing, and this whisky reveals nice and sweet chocolate hints. Some spices as well. A very nice palate too, where the taste of the malt is mixed with the one of the sherry, with very nice spicy touches and woody , more bitter hints. A nice complexity anyway... And the high percentage of alcohol does not hinder at all. A beautiful finish, between the sweetness of malt and the bitterness of wood. It develops clearly on bitter notes, with some salted hints at the end.
84/100
A very interesting nose, slightly pungent, where the woody smells are mixing with those of mushrooms on a vanilla and malty background. Some earth smells, farm hints, sherry and sweet citrus fuit (however without any acidity impression). In the palate, the woody bitterness comes first, quickly followed by nice notes of chocolate, nutty hints on a malted barley background. A very nice finish, lingering, between the woody bitterness and the malty smoothness.
84/100
Comment by Gundee
The nose is predominantly alcohol and sherry. I was unable to detect much else (perhaps the ever so slightest hint of chocolate?). Taste confirmed the nose. Initial impression on the palate is alcohol and sherry developing to spicey and peppery finish. Medium finish (at least compared to something like a Laphroaig or Lagavulin) lingering pepper and sherry. Lacks complexity and a boring wiskey (unless you're just after an expensive buzz...). Addition of water confirms toned down version of same. All in all a mediocre specimen at best, poor dollar value and one I'd not purchase again.
70/100

Macallan

Cask Strength, 10 years

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
58,6 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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links & average quote
91/100
Macallan 10 Cask Strength
Personal Comment

An exquisite nose, perfectly balanced revealing all the nuances between chocolate and nut through malted barley and roasted peanuts. The nose is close to perfection. A very light veil af smoke over all the pleasant perfumes described above. In the palate, a kind of slightly acid and woody sherry, an impression of dryness first, quickly followed by richer notes, still sherry and hints between nut and wood intermixed with the malty sweetness and some light notes of citrus fruit. The finish is in the same mood. Lingering and warm, reviewing all the fragrances of the palate. A great malt, what a pity there are not more of them like this... After a blind tasting, what a surprise to discover it is a Macallan Cask Strength. One of the cheapest Macallan and really a very great marvel. No aggressiveness at all despite the high percentage of alcohol, lots of maturity despite its relative young age. Really a revelation. Certainly one of the best quality-price ratio on the market.
91/100


Macallan

Elegancia

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
40,0 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Sherry Oloroso & Fino
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84/100
The colour is gold-orangey. The nose reveals hints of vanilla toffee, of nuts and citrus fruits.
Slightly spicy, a smell of wood and flowers crowns the nose sensation.
The palate confirms this first impression, with hints of spicy wood, citrus fruits, nuts and toffee, perfectly balanced with some malt on the background.
Personal Comment
Unlike other versions of Macallan where the smell and the taste are clearly dominated by sherry, this bottle is perfectly balanced, between the honey and vanilla hints and some more spicy touches. The whole is rather pleasant. The finish with an average length, extends the pleasure for some short minutes.
84/100
A second tasting did confirm the first one. The sometimes exaggerated sherryish hints so characteristic from certain Macallan's is not present here. I thought I was drinking an Edradour. An excellent bottle.
84/100
The nose is very good balances, with pleasant sweet nutty and vanilla hints. The elegant balance does not mean any lack at complexity, with discrete wood and cut flower fragrances. In the palate, a clear nut taste with some slightly acid hints (citrus fruits) on a background of slightly bitter malt. A spicy and relatively long finish.
84/100
The nose is clear and smooth, slightly spiced vanilla and malt with a touch of wood. A toffee impression with nuts and some sherry hints on the background. In the palate, smoothness dominates at first, with some relatively complex accent, going from malt to sweet citrus fruits, before going on on nice woody hints. A rather long finish, marked by spices.
88/100
The nose is clearly marked by sherry, very expressive, pleasant. Slightly pungent with nice nutty notes, and some bitterness. In the palate, a nice mix of bitterness, sweetness and acidity. Hazelnut, malt, a touch of citrus fruit. However, the dominant taste is that of fine wood. A nice finish, smooth and slightly bitter, with a clear presence of sherry.
84/100
A very nice nose with excellent although discrete hints of sherry and smooth notes of vanilla and hazelnut.\In the palate, a very pleasant mix of slightly bitter notes (cashew nuts) and fruity ones (plum jam) on a sweet malty background.
The lingering finish is smooth too and the same pleasant sensation due to this mix of sweetness and bitterness is present, prolonging perfectly the nose and mouth sensations.
84/100
Apperance: Deep Gold, attractive Nose: Very winey (semi-dry white wine I think) at first, then oaky woodiness and spices. Some toffee and a slightly feinty note, green tobacco perhaps. Lime, green tomatoes and some very lightly sherried aromas emerge. The woodiness takes on a sandalwood form and there are some dried fruit in the background, candied oranges and raisins I think. Later, more fresh fruits and red berries. A second dram had more Oloroso sherry aromas. Body: Medium to light Palate: Definately on the sweet side. Pretty good weight and intensity. The woodiness carries over, along with some fruity elements and malt extract. Marmelade, wood spice, malted milk and again, a refreshing white wine. The finish is quite long, warming and pleasant.
85/100



Macallan

18 years

Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Sherry Oloroso
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links & average quote
85/100
Macallan 18
The colour is amber. The nose is marked by sherry, with some smoky hints.
The palate is full, fresh and flowery, still with sherry and spices notes.
The lingering finish is rather long.
Personal Comment
The nose recognizes immediately the typical sherry smells of Macallan. The taste is rather sweet, and reveals some smoke hints but is also dominated by the sherry. A great whisky, specially for sherry lovers... Personally, I think it is an excellent whisky, but certainly not my favourite. There are lots of bottlings with a better price-quality ratio. The finish is pleasant and lingering.
84/100
The nose is clearly marked by sherry hints and a touch of hazelnut, the whole being nicely and discretely spiced. In the palate, a rather clear presence of spices (clove) and some slightly spicy notes however dominated by a mix of sherry with very discrete woody notes. A touch of smoke as well. A very interesting finish, recalling the nut taste with a kind of bitterness on the background. The spiced character is not present in the finish.
84/100
Quite an intense sherry nose, with all the associated sweetness and richness. Rather bitter coffee hints, a touch of smoke, an exceptional richness. In the palate, the sherry impression remains, mixid with some slightly woody hints, with a kind of rather sweet but clear spices (cloves). A very nice finish, pleasantly bitter, with nutty touches.
84/100
Sherry smoothness characterises the first nose. Peppery notes mixed with nice woody and smoky hints, a touch of chocolate follow soon.
The mouth is a real festival of tastes, principally marked by a rather acid sherry and some clear woody notes.
The finish si lingering and keeps the memory of the woody (or even better, unripe walnut) bitterness.
84/100

Macallan

Twenties

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
40,0 %
Bottler
Official
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links & average quote
79/100
Macallan Twenties
Colour: Rich mahogany orange.
Nose: Rich, resinous, sherryed spice with dried fruits. Good citrus with a touch of light wood
Palate: Classic Macallan with sherryed, spicy cloves. Rich, oily viscosity
Aftertaste: Sherryed and ginger spice.
Personal Comment
It is obvious that this is a Macallan, from the very first nosing. The sherry hints are very characteristic of a Macallan. The complexity which is so typical of great Speyside whiskies is not present, and the finish is of average length. The general impression is that this is a very smooth whisky, with a rather plain taste, close to malt. A good whisky.
79/100
A quite sweet nose, clearly marked by sherry and which does not announce great surprises with a kind of lack of complexity. In the palate, a prominence of a very sweet (sugared) taste, with sherry hints, but missing some power and complexity, even if there are some woody notes on the background. An interesting and pleasant finish, but this malt does not leave great memories.
79/100
The nose is clearly peppered with nice rather fresh floral notes. The mouth is first slightly acid, than sweet and finally a bit woody. Not very complex nor really exciting... It gives a kind of "too short" feeling, some watery impression, but this gets better as some woody notes appear after a while. The finish is rather long, on the same peppery notes than the first nosing.
79/100

Macallan

Thirties

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
40,0 %
Bottler
Official
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links & average quote
82/100
Macallan Thirties
Colour: Rich amber copper.
Nose: Light apples and citrus. Light malty and floral notes with hints of resinous spice, enveloped in rich peat.
Palate: Peat smoke, apples, citrus orange and spice.
Aftertaste: Peat smoke and fruit.
Personal Comment
The traditional influence of sherry in Macallan's whiskies is not really present in this version, which remains rather discrete. The nose detects some sweet orange and malt hints, and the palate is pleasant, however without the typical complexity of Speyside whiskies. A short finish, sweet and fruity.
79/100
At the third tasting, sherry seemed to be more present, mixed to citrus hints and spices on a slightly smoky background. In the mouth, a bitter taste which develops on citrus notes. A nice finish, rather woody with a memory of smoke.
79/100
Nice fruity notes, plums in spirit, spices, pepper and clove. Superb nose with a nice complexity.
The first mouth seems to be behind the nose as complexity and pleasure is concerned, but this gets better quite quickly. However it misses some power, but is nicely complex. Nice cashew notes developing slowly on chocolate without loosing its fruity influences.
The finish is rather long, prolonging perfectly the mouth's pleasure.
84/100
Found in a cellar sale-out, part of a serie of Macallan impressions of their whisky in the 19 20's, 30's , 40's and 50's.
This is the thirties style, should be the best of all four.
Orange colour, nose sharp and sweet.
Taste: dry, malty and light peat, less sweetness or spiciness.
With 40% easy and soft to drink.

I like this style more than the current Macallan which is not in my favorite list!

87/100

Macallan

Forties

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
40,0 %
Bottler
Official
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links & average quote
82/100
Macallan Forties
Colour: Light amber orange.
Nose: Rich apples with strong peat smoke. Some floral, subtle dried fruits with hints of spice to add to the balance.
Palate: Rich phenolic with fresh apple fruit. Woody and slightly nutty.
Aftertaste: Peaty and nutty with hints of wood.
Personal Comment
From the very first nosing, a kind of complexity of smells announces a good bottle. The typical Macallan sherry smell is present. Some smoke hints are detected, and the taste is rather pleasant, not too dominated by sherry. The finish is form average length.
84/100
The nose reveals clear floral hints on a peaty background, but remains in a kind of monotone register. In the palate, a kind of weakness and an evident lack of character, despite its pleasant fruity notes where smoke and peat mix discretely. A slight taste somewhere between milk chocolate an wood is part of a quite long finish, mixed with some light peaty hints.
79/100
A remarkably balanced nose with beautiful though discrete sherry hints, some smoky notes and a touch of refined wood. Floral hints and heather. Just happiness.
The impression in the palate is that this whisky could have more character (probably due to the low percentage of alcohol), but however the cashew nut and chocolate hints are quite pleasant.
The finish is rather long and the same mix of nuts and chocolate seems to dominate here too.
84/100

Macallan

Fifties

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
40,0 %
Bottler
Official
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links & average quote
81/100
Macallan fifties
Colour: Deep mahogany orange.
Nose: Rich resinous dried fruits, complex ginger & cloves with strong wood. Hints of toffee and a kiss of peat smoke.
Palate: Rich Macallan, strong sherry, resinous spice, dried fruits, a touch of nuttiness.
Aftertaste: Rich and spicy with a phenol touch.
Personal Comment
The first nosing is responsible for strange feelings. Rather complex, on a background of toasted malt mixed with some spices and some hints of nuts... The taste is pleasant, even if it is dominated by a kind of spicy sherry? Sherry in whisky, some like it, other don't. Personally I am not a great fan of sherry, specially if it is dominating. This whisky is however rather complex, and has a remarkable finish, long and warm, even if it simply prolongs the sherry domination feeling.
79/100
A very nice nose, mixing sherry and spices, gloves and some animal flavours (meat). In the mouth the sherry is clearly present and hides other tastes which re left behind. An spicy impression is left however. The nose was quite more interesting than the palate is. The finish is rather long and pleasant, with some hints of wallnut and spicy touches.
79/100
Pleasant nose, both malty and spicy, pepper. Hints of ripe fruit and a touch of hazelnut.
In the palate, the association malt-hazelnut is present and nicely balanced. No exaggerated complexity, but quite a clean and very smooth impression.
The finish doesn't contrast with the mouth nor wit the nose. It is rather long but not strongly marked. The hints of hazelnut remain quite present.
84/100

Macallan

Fine Oak 12 years

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
40,0 %
Bottler
Official
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links & average quote
79/100
Macallan Fine Oak 1
Colour: Rich straw
Nose: complex, with hints of fruit, vanilla and cut grass.
Palate:medium, balanced with fruit, oak and spice.
Finish: long, with dried fruits, oak and spice
Personal Comment
A rather fresh and complex nose. Vanilla and malt, but very discrete, and a touch of ripe fruits (pear?). In the palate, a surprise less but also without any shortage. Where is the great complexity we can expect from such a prestigious distillery? The finish is rather long, with some spicy notes accompanying hints marked by alcohol and dried fruits
79/100
A nice fresh nose, slighly peppery with clear hints of cut grass and ripe fruits. In the palate, a kind of complexity, with both acid and sweet fruity hints. A touch of hazelnut on the background. A bit of toffee. No aggressivity, but a touch of acidity. The finish is rather acid and long.
79/100

Macallan: independent bottlings

Macallan

Old Malt Cask, 15 years

Collection
Old malt cask
Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
50,0 %
Bottler
Douglas Laing
Cask number
single cask DL 830
Dates
Distil: 1/06/1988 Bottling: 1/08/2003
Bottle
750 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered
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links & average quote
84/100
Macallan Old Malt Cask 15
Personal Comment
The complex and slightly spicy nose detects some nut hints hidden behind rather clear sherry notes. In the palate, a very nice complexity as well, slightly dominated by woody touches and evolution on very nice malted, or even chocolate flavoured notes. A very beautiful finish too, where the wood and the sherry are both rather present.
84/100
An amazing fresh and fruity nose. Grass and plum, a touch of smoke. In the palate, first some bitterness developing on more acid notes, within a remarkable balance. The mouth is rather complex, with constant switching back and forth between nutty notes (hazelnut) some chocolate hints and the original acidity disappears quite soon. The finish is long and nicely marked by chocolate notes.
84/100

Macallan

Old Malt Cask 25 years

Collection
Old malt cask
Age
25 years
Alcohol percentage
50,0 %
Bottler
Douglas Laing
Cask
refill hogshead
Cask number
single cask 1792
Dates
Distil: 06/1979 Bottling: 05/2005
Bottle
302 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered
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links & average quote
Forum 85/100
Macallan Old Malt Cask
Personal Comment
A pleasant malty and fruity nose. Nice smoothness and a touch of bitterness mixed with beautiful flower hints.
In the palate, this whisky is more than simply pleasant with this contrast between the smoothness of ripe peach and this unripe walnut impression. Not really complex however and not really spectacular. But really pleasant.
The finish is lingering and prolongs perfectly the mouth impressions.
84/100

Macallan

Scott's Selection 1985

Collection
Natural Cask Strength
Age
20 years
Alcohol percentage
54,4 %
Bottler
Scott's Selection
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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links & average quote
79/100
Macallan 1985 ss
Personal Comment
The nose is rathre fresh with citrus hints (tangerine) and some cut grass. A smell of sherry too, but very discrete. The mouth is first slightly acid, and gets quickly bitter and dry, and the impression of alcohol is rather strong after a while before getting smoother rather quickly. The finish is quite short and slightly tingling.
79/100
The nose is clearly marked by some unpleasant yeast hints covering malty smells.
In the palate some citrus fruit notes quickly lose their acidity to develop on smoother malty and chocolate fragrances. The mouth is clearly superior to the nose.
The finish is of medium length and remains on nutty and chocolate notes which give it a nice warmth.
79/100

Macallan

Speymalt 1999

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
80/100
Macallan Speymalt 1999
Personal Comment

Color: Brown
The nose is clearly marked by sherry. As is often the case with sherry-monsters, I also detect hints of plum jam and hints of chocolate.
The mouth is also very marked by sherry. Very nice, but we would have liked to find more things.
The finish is in the same tones as the mouth. Sherry and sherry again. But little room for other things.
80/100


Macallan: samples

Macallan

Best Casks of Scotland 1991 43°

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
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links & average quote
84/100
Personal Comment
The nose is clearly marked by sherry, but other smells are present as well. A quite pleasant smell of wet wood and a hint of smoke on the background. In the palate, the first impression is as rather dry whisky, and some acid touches complete the palate impressions, before a nice development to something more oily and more roud. Sherry is present too. The finish is relatively acid and woody, while the mouth was surprisingly enough not bitter at all. A good Macallan, even for those who are not great fans of this distillery.
84/100

Macallan

Best Casks of Scotland 1998

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
11 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
Cask
hogshead
Dates
Distil: 1998 Bottling: 2009
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0/100
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Macallan

Best Casks of Scotland 1998-2009

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
11 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
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77/100
Personal Comment

Macallan

Best Casks of Scotland 1991 56,4°

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
56,4 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
Dates
Distil: 1991 Bottling: 2996
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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84/100
Personal Comment
A sherry smell, even a bit agressive one, pungent and slightly acid nose. Very fresh and interesting. Less complex than in its 46% version. In the palate, first impression is dry wood, bitter. The alcohol is a bit too present, together with a touch of acidity. The mouth is rather "linear", and the finish is more pleasant, lingering and warm, with hints of cocoa and a memory of sherry.
84/100

Macallan

Best Casks of Scotland 1991, 57,5%

Age
13 years
Alcohol percentage
57,5 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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84/100
Personal Comment
Quite an unusual mouth for a Macallan. The sherry, usually so typical for this distillery is not present here. Instead fo sherry, a great smoothness, vanilla and a nice complexity. Some discrete fruity hints and a touch of acidity characterize the smell of this whisky. In the palate, the nose impressions are not really confirmed. A woody impression (new wood?) hiding the other qulities which should exist behind this firt impression, specially nice vanilla hints. The finish is lingering and pleasant. An unexpected but very pleasant whisky. Not really representative of the distillery, but full of qualities. Great contrasts between mouth and nose, the finish confirming the mouth.
84/100

Macallan

Golden Cask 1987

Collection
Golden Cask
Age
19 years
Alcohol percentage
54,7 %
Bottler
John McDougall
Cask number
single cask 6841
Dates
Distil: 1987
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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81/100
Personal Comment
A nice nose marked by sherry, on the Macallan way. Some chocolate notes and a touch of smoke. No aggressiveness at all.
In the palate,all the warmth of nice sherry with a slight woody touch. What a pity that the whole is dominated by the alcohol, as this hides all the underlying complexity. Adding some drops of water help a lot.
The finish is lingering and pleasant, marked by a memory of sherry and fine wood. The alcohol feeling remains alas very strong.
79/100
A second tasting just a few days later confirmed the nose impressions. Very smooth and pleasantly marked by sherry. A kind of light veil, a touch of moisture smell probably due to the non chill-filtering method seems to even enhance the pleasure.
The palate remains very pleasant too and the dominating character of the alcohol seem to be gone after 2 days since the bottle was first opened. Nice notes, with a light chocolate taste and still the nice sherry feeling.
The finish too seems to be much more "tamed" than the first time.
A good Macallan.
84/100

Macallan

Apple Mac 16 years

Age
16 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Alc-hem-ist
Cask
calvados finish
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79/100
Personal Comment
The nose is very fresh and could be the one of an excellent Lowlands. Hay and green apple, hints of smoke.
The mouth is rather complex, dominated by a smooth mix of apples, malt and toffee, and seems quite far away from the nose impressions. Strangely complex and rather far from traditional Macallans.
The finish is pervasive with its after tastes of toffee intermixed with hints of chocolate and nuts. This finish clashes with the rest of the tasting and is close to be unpleasant.
79/100

Macallan

Alc-hem-ist 1990, 15 years

Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Alc-hem-ist
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84/100
Personal Comment
A both fruity and malty nose with quite discrete hints of chocolate.
The mouth is dominated by pleasant notes of cooked plum and chocolate. Amazing mouth, pleasant and rather complex, even if it remains on a quite limited tastes palette.
The finish is lingering and warm, and the memory of chocolate notes remains for long minutes.
84/100

Macallan

1998, bourbon barrel

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
54,9 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
bourbon barrel
Cask number
single cask 1193
Dates
Distil: 30/08/1998 Bottling: 03/2009
Bottle
96 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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79/100
Macallan 1998 mos
Personal Comment
A clearly fruity nose, with scents of banana and peach. Pleasantly smooth, this nose is really encouraging even if complexity seems to be absent.
The first nose is marked by the alcohol, but fortunately develops soon on nice fruity notes.
Finish is marked by alcohol too. Long and remains pleasant despite the burning impression.
This is certainly not a great Macallan, but this version remains a excellent quality-price ratio.
79/100

Macallan

1989

Collection
Whiskies of Scotland
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
47,1 %
Bottler
Whiskies of Scotland
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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WDTS2012-05 84/100
Macallan Whiskies of Scotland 1989
Personal Comment
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Whiskywardrobe
“Very nice sherried whisky. I think I have already tasted this one...”
This dram has a fino-like color.
Nose (89): more than average. toffee, floral, vanilla, peaches. Very closed nose but really nice.
Taste (90): smooth, powerful, oily. honey, wood, vanilla, citrus, spices, cinnamon, tobacco. I am sure I have tasted this one before... umm... no clue right now.
Finish (89): average. honey, tobacco, vanilla, wood.

89/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by ALouis
Color: straw yellow
Nose: rather discreet, ultra floral, it seems to have the nose over a bed of flowers. The flowers are supported by acacia honey and hints of apple.
Mouth: very sweet, of honey, spices, fried acacia and hawthorn.
Finish: rather long on chocolate.
88/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Jmputz
Colour: Pale gold
A very nice fruity nose, Melon de Charente, peach, with beautiful notes of vanilla. The nose, which is more agreeable than complex, will undoubtedly please many.
On the palate, the sweetness of the nose continues. A very nice balance and a few acidic tips followed by some slightly bitter notes gives it a complexity not known to the nose.
The finish is long, and still in the same fruity register as the nose and mouth. An extremely pleasant whisky even if not spectacular.
87/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Roblanza
color: pale gold
nose: sweets, very fruity, banana, apricots, very mild and floral
taste: vanilla, oil like buttery-ness, really smooth, very fresh like 'a summer dram', the finish is medium long with a spicy bite

87/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Singlemalt71
Color: Gold
Nose: A lovely sweet nose (vanilla combined with fruit), barley and green fruit.
Taste: Sweet and sour follow each other well, but also some bitterness.
Finish: Medium.

Comment: The smell is in my opinion better than the taste.

86/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Mars
Nose: Lime, mint (morito). Appearance of vanilla with aeration.
Taste: Sweet, lemon and sugar.
Final: Sweet, citrus, spicy, chalky, slightly bitter.

Comments: Simple and good.

85/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Malt1972
Colour: gold
Tasting: flowers, hay, heather
Tasting: malty, dryish at first, then a range of sweetness and spicy notes. Difficult to subscribe,
Finish: medium , bourbon oak

Comment: tasting better that nosing

85/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Jbrice
Nose: I felt like an empty glass of grenadine. Spices (coriander?). Freshly cut grass. Wood and vanilla.
Mouth: nice and oily. Many of candied fruit. A bit of almond paste. A salty side.
Finish: long and mineral.
85/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Canis_Lupus
Color: Yellow Gold.
Nose: Nose first both dry and fresh, green mixture of hazelnut and walnut shell. Pomaded and vegetal, on the hay, peanut oil or sunflower. The nose eventually becomes mostly wooded.
Palate: Creamy, with notes of honey, woody, spicy.
Final: In line with the mouth, warm and spicy. Then more and more astringent.

Comment: An interesting profile, but we would have liked to see further developed. Avoid water.
85/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Savoureur
appearance: Riesling
nose: medium intensity, well integrated alcohol, fruit orchard, spring air, green tea, hints of barn aromas (ammonia)
taste: medium intensity, well integrated alcohol, very linear whisky, the aromas of the nose are already present at the beginning of the taste and remain present untill the end
finish: short to medium

Conclusion: A beautiful well drinkable whisky

84/100
WDTS2012-05
Commentaire de Dagde
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: One senses immediately a lot of citrus fruit - Candied orange, lemon -, slightly smoky. Aeration brings roundness: a little honey. There is also a bit of pancake batter. The water rounds it a little. It is still very spirited.
Taste: Honey, malt, slightly bitter citrus, cinnamon with a little salt. The palate is well supported by the alcohol that you feel this. Water does not add much to the pleasure: A relaxing releasing the pressure, but a palette alcoholic who loses a lot of charm - less honey and barley -.
Finale: The roundness fades to leave notes sharper - spice -. It falls quite rapidly.

Comment: pretty nice whisky. The nose announced a milder brew. The titration is necessary to maintain a little levity in the sensations. Without it, it becomes more neutral palate, but also more angular finish.
84/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Piazzolla
Nose: Very soft on the almond tart with figs and a slight hint of plum. Mineral and almost woody (vanilla).
Mouth: oily, silky, a little too wise.
Finish: rather short, evolves on some powdery notes.
Conclusion: Well balanced, but lacks the power and complexity to my taste.
83/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Dede
Color: Gold
Nose: Again, a profile on the white fruit, but this time with a cool bonus herbaceous component. Aeration also reveals malty (barley sugar) or biscuit. Some citrus acidity too. But this lacks of definition for my taste, although a little water makes it better.
Palate: The attack is very low, but alcohol quickly grew in power. It stifles the flavor somewhat unfortunately, although we realize that it remains in the line of the nose. Here's one who calls a little water. This makes it actually more drinkable, but highlights the herbaceous component at the expense of the fruit.
Finish: Medium length, it is unfortunately marked by the taste of alcohol.

Conclusion: A nice malt, without flaw or anything transcendent.
83/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Amor57
The nose is, at first, woody with a discreet fruit. Tannic notes give a roughness too intense for the cider apple can soften. With aeration, the tannins fade, leaving room melted Swiss cheese, bitterness, rare berries. Then the white fruit (dessert apple, pear) and iodine marine appear in waves. The set is very discreet. On the palate, the attack is receding, with a roughness present but not intrusive (contrary to early nosing), then notes of green olive and rare flowers. It looks more like a new make as a teenager. The final, medium length, shows pretty bitter coffee decorated with green fruit and some spices.
A whisky rough, bitter, well balanced in this register which can not please everyone. It should have a few more degrees.

82/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by mapi
Nose: The nose is powerful, almost heavy. Herbaceous mainly on the theme of rosemary. Lacks a little balance with an alcohol is a bit too far.
Taste: A texture a little disconcerting after the general impression left on the nose the whiskey turns a little watery. It is the white fruit with floral notes. Alcohol only comes in a second time.
Finale: The finale begins with soft vanilla and a hint of menthol. The flavors fade quickly to make room for alcohol.


Altogether a whisky that seems unbalanced.

82/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by RX21
Color: Sraw
Nose: Vegetable on vetiver and artichoke
Mouth: Vegetable grassy and aromatic plant (thymus)
Final: Short

80/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Blackmalt
Light gold color
Very powerful nose first. Alcohol and more alcohol. Perhaps the faint smell of yeast with a little white flesh fruit and some caramel.
Palate: Fresh, powerful as well as the nose. Sweet and "heavy".
Final and tangy as sweet as the mouth. Good length. Comment: Too strong. Alcohol is really a handicap. Less aggressive than sample 2 .. Fortunately. But all the same, there is not much to say.
78/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Jean-Michel
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Quite soft and herbal at first. Candied angelica. Not really my cup of tea, but flawless. The alcohol becomes more apparent then (51% ?).
Mouth: In line with the nose, with more oomph.
Finish: Long and rather astringent, but not in such an unpleasant way. And quite salty. Some coastal root?

Comment: If you're on sexy and spectacular whiskies, you'd better go your way. I will do so, but others may find something quite enchanting in the austerity of this malt.

78/100

Macallan

1990, Fino Sherry Hogshead

Age
21 years
Alcohol percentage
51,5 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
fino Sherry hogshead
Cask number
single cask 1135
Dates
Distil: 24/01/1990 Bottling: 27/05/2011
Bottle
65 of 254 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Macallan 1990 MOS
Personal Comment
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Whiskywardrobe
“Another sherry crack with a lovely nose”
This dram has a amber-like color.
Nose (90): more than average. honey, citrus, spices, cinnamon, candies, smoke. Old whisky here...
Taste (90): powerful, oily. honey, spices, pepper, floral, citrus, nuts.
Finish (89): longer than average. honey, spices, nuts.

90/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Malt1972
Colour: old gold
Nosing: smoky, peat, cereal grain and some sherry notes
Tasting: surprisingly smooth and sweet. Smokiness slowly emerges and develops to menthol, sherry and vanilla
Finish: salty, dry smokiness. Intensely

Comment: good balance between sherry and peat, Good final of the WDTS 5th session. Thanks JM!

90/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by ALouis
Color: sustained gold
Nose: The first nose is on sulfur, after a long aeration sulfur disappears. It has lovely notes of fresh fruit, vanilla, pastry notes, some custard and some vegetal notes in the background.
Mouth: the mouth is in line with the nose, fruity, sweet, vanilla and vegetable.
Finish: long fruity and vegetal.
89/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Dede
Color: Gold
Nose: Powerful and intense, something floral and heady, and dried apricots, a bit of black mushrooms and powder, dark chocolate, more animal notes (Viandox). He demonstrates great complexity.
Taste: Strong, hot, marked by sherry, with a little sulfur, cinchona bark, cocoa and candied orange zest.
Finish: Long, very pleasant though slightly astringent and sulfur.

Conclusion: A beautiful complex whisky, both delicate and powerful.
89/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Singlemalt71
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Delicious smoky that reminds me of an old Islay whisky. Also subtle tones of sherry coming true.
Taste: Well balanced, because the smoky notes (perhaps peat) nicely stay into the background. After a while some notes of gingerbread.

Finish: Medium, sweet and dry.

89/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Jmputz
Color: Gold
First a slight sense of bitterness, cashews. Slight tingling in the nose that disappear fairly quickly to make room for pretty fruity and malty notes. Relatively complex, the nose is very interesting.
Alcohol is clearly present from the first taste. He then leaves the place to powerful fruity aromas, sherry, milk chocolate. Nice complexity here too.
The finish is very long and hot. It prolongs perfectly the mouth.
88/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Roblanza
color: dark gold
nose: vanilla and marshmallows, some apricot and apples
taste: full flavoured, some wood, again the fruitiness as in the nose, greasy butter, the finish stays full in flavour with more woodenness coming up then some spiciness and eventually mellowing out

88/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Amor57
Nose, at first, is on an intense burning rubber with traces of mint. It is very "green", green fruits (unripe), grass, mint, without having the cool side or acid. I also find a mineral aspect with cigarette ash and salted butter caramel. Aeration transforms the whisky in a bowl of hot chocolate with intense notes of cocoa, banana and vanilla. Traces of cashews alleviate all. The mouth is a sharp attack with a nice bitterness (I love!), Which highlights spices and fruit. Woody tannins are present but very discreet. The finish develops this last note giving a harshness under control while fruit and cocoa recall to our memory.
A "love it or hate it.whisky " In my case, I am on the side of "love it".
88/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by mapi
Nose: The nose is slightly closed. It is on the solvent and the red fruit (blackcurrant jelly). Whiskey almost vinous.
Palate: The palate is fresh and sweet. Alcohol enters a second time. He brings with him notes of fennel seeds and nice floral notes. Beautiful structure.
Final: Final develops finesse. A touch of bitterness gives relief. It all ends on the blackcurrant jelly.

88/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by mars
Nose: lemon cake, vanilla, cereals.
Mouth: Lemon with white sugar, spices and vanilla.
Final: Sweet, spicy, a little lemon and menthol which has disappeared with aeration.

Comments: A relatively simple and constant whiskey but that is easy to drink and has a nice balance between sweet and acid.

87/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Jean-Michel
Colour: Amber.

Nose: Quite powerful (tickling 50%?), but delicately fragrant though. Chamomile and light honey. Then citrusy notes keep on developing. Crumpled verbena leaves, orange juice, and the softness of the icing sugar. And a slight woody character (shh… just a little wood shavings).

Mouth: Soft and creamy. Easy going. The alcohol is perfectly merged. A more obvious herbal character afterwards. Liqueur herbs. Anise seeds, coriander, and a little angelica.

Finish: Getting slightly coastal now, with a nice briny touch.

Comment: Another nice middle-aged Speysider (around its twenties ?) with a nice balance between fruits and herbs, power and softness, sweetness and salt. Just lacks a pinch of crazyness to make it a "coup de coeur".

87/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Canis_Lupus
Color: Yellow Gold.
Nose: Nose first on the skin of lemon, then oiled, flour, talcum powder, a few puffs of irritating alcohol. A little salt, leather, bacon, smoked ham.
Palate: Creamy, spices and fruit tart.
Final: In line with the mouth.

Comment: Pleasant, relatively smooth, but lack of'' pep'' precision. Do not like water.
86/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Jbrice
Nose: initially very alcoholic. After a long aeration and a few drops of water, develops timidly on the apricot jam with almonds.
Mouth pastry, woody and spicy.
Finish: medium length.
84/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Savoureur
appearance: dark Riesling
nose: medium intensity, alcohol fairly well integrated, closed at the beginning and requires 30 minutes of breathing to open, fruity, soft cereals, marshmallows, vegetables (peas and carrots in tin can), the flavors are intensely melted so that is difficult to distinguish them
taste: medium intensity, well integrated alcohol, tangy and peppery from the start, gaining in power during the taste and masks the other flavors
finish: medium

Conclusion:A whisky with highly melted and interesting aromas on the nose but with a taste that can not confirm the created expectations

83/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by RX21
Color: Gold
Nose: Malt
Mouth: Apple, pears then exotic fruits (pineapple)before
Final: On malt before kind of bitterness

82/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Blackmalt
Colour: pale gold.
Nose: grated coconut. Much even. Popcorn sweet and well caramelized. Some sulfur. Perhaps a little unsalted peanuts. Even peanut butter.
Dry mouth and spicy. Always that little presence of sulfur. Too bad, it has taste of water. From flavored water.
Final moderately long and not sufficiently expressive.

Comment: Not much to say except that I have not hung over it.
81/100
WDTS2012-05
Commentaire de Dagde
Color: Gold
Nose: A little too bright. Smell of dough with egg, a little malt. A nose that does not necessarily want, little exuberant.
Taste: A dominant approaching grain caramelized but that is eaten with alcohol. It takes water to avoid a sharp appearance. We found a little chocolate and a little grassy bitterness - vodka types -. Not really exciting.
Final: Low, an extension of the mouth with a hint of bitterness.

Comment: very disappointing whisky. It is completely fearful and integration alcoholic is strangely absent. Far from being a success all along the tasting, the nose is probably its weakest point.
74/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Piazzolla
Nose: Hint of toasted but too prudent elsewhere. A smoky note? Does not inspire me at least ...
Taste: Bitter, evolves on a slightly meaty and a veil of smoke as foreshadowed in the nose.
Finale: Short bitterness persists even if a little too much for my taste!
Conclusion: Not my type of whisky because of the roasted note much too on the front of the stage without really show behind ... almost dry and alcoholic.
70/100

Macallan

1998, Marsala Finish

Collection
Barrel Selection
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
48 %
Bottler
Wilson & Morgan
Cask
Marsala finish
Dates
Distil: 1998 Bottling: 2012
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WDTS2014-01 85/100
Macallan 18 WM
Personal Comment
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Samhain
Colour: gold
Nose: Some hints of smoke give way to some cassis and other fruity ester notes, adding some drops of water let malt comes up
Palate: Here some cassis as well, followed by chocolate and some peppery aromas. A touch of anis and, after adding water, I recognized vanilla too.
The Finish is long, warm with a little black pepper that stays for a while.

Overall this was a very interesting and complex malt I've really enjoyed.

90/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Amor57
The nose is first marked by sherry , red fruit and a slightly smoked. Hay, young fruit and citrus form the backdrop of this first approach. With aeration, a slight vinous side appears, cassis , spices, yellow fruits, beets , and then behind the iris powder , even apple and smoked . It is very pleasant. On the palate is soft, almost sweet . Peat ? It is discreet enough to go unnoticed. Spices, a slight bitterness , but also chocolate, dried fruit, ripe apricot . With aeration the fruit explodes (mango banana, coconut , dried figs ) . The final length of a beautiful leaves on a background of spices and other dried fruits ( dried apple , dried apricot ) . It has a bitterness and drought , these keys yet discrete.
With plenty of ventilation , appears a superb blend licorice - exotic fruit - citrus , pleasant at best. 90/100
90/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Mapi
Color light gold

Nose: the first impression is vanilla, sugar and honey.
Alcohol emerges from the glass, dense, with the return of sugar and pulp of fruits and especially quince
Lacks a bit of clarity.

Mouth with a smooth attack. Honey is very present. It returns to the quince. Hint of caramel.
Sweetness, toasted grain, corn.

Final on fresh caramel, cereal and cocoa butter.

I regret the a bit one-dimensional side, but the whisky is well done​​: the material, flavors and some power.
89/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Whiskywardrobe
“Interesting whisky... not sure if it is from a sweet sherry cask. If only the nose would sing with the rest of the whisky...”
This dram has a amber-like color.
Nose (87): (5)more than average. honey, citrus, spices, cinnamon, vanilla, wood. It is familiar... but right now I have no clue of what it can be
Taste (90): powerful, oily. nuts, honey, citrus, wood, spices, leather, chocolate. Moscatel? Oloroso?
Finish (90): (5)longer than average. leather, citrus, wood.

88/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Loic43
Nose: From the start very expressive, we find the typical markers of a sherry cask. Sherry, raisins, rancid, prune, candied orange, wet wood, earth, reminds an old ténarèze armagnac. Perhaps aging was in an Armagnac cask... I digress, but the relationship with some Ténarèze is troubling.
Water brings out the wood.

Mouth : we find the elements of the nose, Sherry (oloroso?) prune, wood.
Dryness and bitterness are pleasant here.

Finish: long and intense on nuts, a little bitter.

Comments: This does not lack character and is nicely complex, and I love it.

88/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Mathieutaz13
Old gold color

Nose: On opening the nose shows pastry notes (apple crumble) well integrated alcohol, the almond paste.
Fruitier after aeration (apricot, peach, pineapple) with a little freshness in the background also
With water evolves on candied fruit (galette)

Palate: sweet and fruity mid-palate (much more than the nose was announcing) some well integrated spicy notes let me think about a swim in fresh fruit tea .
It ends with almond milk but the finish is a little behind the rest.
Few drops of water make waxy finish, erase spices and ends with coconut milk.

Conclusion: A good whisky to begin this new session!
The nose needs a little time to fully express itself but the mouth is explosive
I would say it must be a malt a gross twenty years in a cask not yet touched by the patina of wood.
88/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Flonews
Color: light gold

Nose: Rich and warm notes of spices and candied fruits. Round and welcoming. Quickly becomes sweet.

Mouth developed the powerful astringent wood and exotic fruits. Then notes evolve on Christmas spices and polished wood. Bold and enveloping.

Final: Notes of fruits persist

A very nice whisky that seduces with a round enchanting bouquet. The attack is pretty wild, but the development is very beautiful. Maybe the mouth is a little less gready than the nose.
88/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Singlemalt71
Nose: In the beginning not that much... It clearly needs some more time to give the fragrances price! After a while sharp (alcohol), mineral-like, slightly smells of bandage plasters (brown Leukoplast), some slightly sherry tones, spicy (especially nutmeg), some light smokiness (smoked wood), but also traces of wet leaves. All in all very interesting, I think. After tasting clearly sultanas (PX sherry cask?) present as well.

Taste: Very spicy and zestful sweet tones combined with sultanas and some light bitterness.

Finish: Rather long, spicy (a.o. pepper), again some slightly bitterness with sultanas at the end.

87/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Jean-Marc
Nose: direct, typed on cherry, rancid fairly monolithic
Palate: cherry, prune, rancid
Finish: medium length
87/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Peb
Color: gold

Nose: slightly vinous, malt quite pronounced, cereals, orange zest, a little honey and wax; it evolves into notes of red fruits and a light sherry. It has a slightly organic side too. The second nose is more marked by the nuts (walnuts alcohol) and sugar.

Taste: malt, dried fruit, the attack of the alcohol is a little spicy, moving towards some exotic fruits (pineapple) and lemon; frangipane.

Finale: average, it develops notes of sherry and a bit of wood. Sherry really develops at the end.

Comment: good malt, well done. The mouth is released after some time. It lacks complexity, but it is easily drinkable. It also lacks a bit of body and alcohol is quite aggressive at first.
Water brings out the wood and does not bring him much. A good whisky though.
86/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Jbrice
Nose: Discreet at the start. Some sulfur notes (scraped matches). Develops nicely with aeration. Demonstrates nice fruity, a little quince paste, but mostly red fruits, wood, lots of cocoa. Some coffee. All markers of whisky aged in sherry casks. A the end, a very expressive nose.

Taste: Fairly concentrated despite a low alcohol content. Acidity of the red fruit and bitter wood.

Finish: Long, on cocoa

Comments: A profile really for my taste despite that "diluted" simplicity. Evokesa young Speyside aged in sherry and diluted. I like. It is certainly a shame to have reduced it.
85/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Jeep
Nose: Medium intense. On praline, nuts, and a slight rancid that will take a lot of momentum during aeration. There is also a little pizzazz that is brought by some citrus touches. This is simple but interesting
Taste: Again, this is rancid but it's a bit too much for me. Nearly sweet too, suddenly the balance is not great. Too simple. There is a weird finish behind it, marsala style?
Finish: Long, spicy much more including beautiful notes of pepper.
Conclusion: In general, I like to find these notes in a rancid whisky, except that there is now too much for my taste. Also lacks complexity. If I were to try to say what it is, I would say a 21yo GlenDronach.
84/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Jean-Michel
Colour: Deep copper.
Nose: Slightly shy at first nosing before unfolding on a nice and really elegant toffee-fruity combo, not unlike the Dailuaine 16yo F&F. Maple syrup. Plum jam. Smyrne grapes. Perhaps a slight weakness (43% ?), but pleasantly relaxing.
Mouth: Smooth and creamy. Very pleasantly creamy. Mouth coating. Surprisingly big given the rather low ABV. Milk chocolate and Cocoa liqueur. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable though quite simple.
Finish: Surprisingly long with a slight woody astringency.
Comment: A very humble and charming malt, crafted with great care.

84/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Arno
Nose: initially, walnut wine with a hint of vinegar acidity & red fruit (raspberry, blackberry). A more sophisticated side also with brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, referring to the pastry.
Palate: fresh flowers and vanilla sugar attack, slightly tart. After this rather long honeyed notes, other much warmer ones come, namely spices and red fruits.
Finale: woody, sweet
Conclusion: a rather nice dram without much fuss, perhaps less greedy in the mouth than on the nose
84/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de NovA
Nose: Very fruity and sweet, Butter, Caramel, Peach, Fresh Plum, Apple, Sugar, Cinnamon, Cake, Citric Acid, Alcohol is present all the time
With water: More sugary, and more sherry, more alcohol

Palate:Again very sweet. More influence of sherry than fruity. Overall very punchy.
Plum, Herbs (much like Gin), Caramel, dry
Overall a little less complex than the nose
With water: Gets flat

Finish: Long, dried fruits, sherry and warm alcohol
With Water: The herby Gin notes stay very long


Doesn't improve with water. But without it's an ok dram.

84/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Alex Kooby
Nose: vanilla. Quite gentle to start. Citrus and herb notes. With the opening, the whole becomes more dry, with notes of nuts, hazelnuts, dried grass, hay, grain.
Taste: The texture is very dry. It remains in the register of cereals and dried fruit, with a hint of citrus, including grapefruit and lemon. A touch of bitterness begins on the finish. With water, all softened and becomes unpleasant.
Finish: Quite long on citrus and dry herbs rather bitter.
84/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Kundalini
Nose: fresh oak, vanilla, turning in fresh green herbs (parsley)
Mouth: liquorice, salty, light perfume, old rotten wood, a little bitter
Finish: medium long

83/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Piksi
Nose: Pastry, varnishes, ginger, grass.
It's fresh.
Taste: It's dry but it's still as fresh as the nose. By cons, a feeling of something really over diluted alcohol.
Dried fruits, chocolate, pepper and a weird taste limit soap.
Finish: Dry Fruits, peppery, woody, warm.
Overall comment: In general, the notes of ginger, limit soap that repels me a bit but it gives a cool impression at the nose. I find unbalanced mouth because it's too diluted. The water makes the palate fatter and more balanced.
82/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Savoureur
appearance: reddish gold
nose: medium to strong intensity, fairly well integrated alcohol, sweet (cereals, almond paste), haribo sweets, fresh fruit, light acidity (like acid sugar on candy), freshness like Earl Grey tea, after 15 minutes of breathing more acidity and burnt caramel which adds, a very pleasant nose (87/100 for me)
taste: medium intensity, well integrated alcohol, sweet and fruity start, then pepper and pronounced bitterness (burnt caramel) from the mid-palate, pronounced bitterness is not at all my favorite taste, therefore taste only worth 77/100 for me
finish: medium

82/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Jmputz
Colour: Old gold
A nice nose, perhaps a little overly flavored, provides hints of ripe fruit and some boiled sweets. Without being complex, the nose seems to invite the buds to a small, friendly but not too festive glow. After a few minutes, the nose becomes stale beer ...
The mouth is at first more complex than the nose. A mixture of malt (muesli) and acid notes, but not those notes of green fruits. Rather something relatively artificial. But it is nice, without making it an essential whisky.
The finish is relatively short and the feeling of artificial acidity dominates.
82/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Alexandre
The nose is on yellow fruits (peach, nectarine ) and citrus (orange, lemons ), with some herbaceous tips. It is a well done and enjoyable mixture. Then comes something more on pastry and sweet (chocolate milk). Water highlights heather. A fresh and pleasant nose.

The palate confirms the nose. It has beautiful ripe fruits ( apricot, peach ) accompanied by something like cornstarch . Then comes a very powerful alcoholic wave, uncontrolled, which radically change the whiskey profile. We then don’t perceive anything, there is a huge lack of integration. At least can we get certain herbaceous and woody notes. Too bad. Even the addition of water only partially solves this problem.

The final average is softer than the mouth. We have a few little yellow expressive fruits and some pastry notes. Water brings strawberry.

In conclusion, a more than acceptable whiskey until mid-palate, where the lack of integration is really harsh.


79/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Applecross
Nose: Toffee, burnt sugar, slightly sulphuric but still pleasant . Vegetal, is there celery? Almost no alcoholic nose. Overall very concealed aromas

Palate: Toffee first, then salty, again a little sulphur, dry, tannins, crispy in a way, surprisingly spicy and alcoholic. A hint of fenugreek

Finish: Medium to long. A little bit tending to the bitter side, oaky, tannins with a trace of smoke or better rubber. Very dry, black chocolate

79/100
WDTS2014-01
Commentaire de Dekyriel
Colour: Gold, with a green tint.

Nose: The alcohol is strong within this one as it starts on a nose of ether, then evolves toward fresh soil, hazelnuts, a fairly young and green sherry, reminiscing of forest roads. Eventually I found hints of berry jam, gunpowder, cucumber and apricot. This developed on a more animal character as well as fresh chestnut.

Mouth: Strongly marked by sherry, this was fairly sour, spicy and fermented; warm and woody.

Finish: Alas not much pleasant, strangely mineral, against all odds. Aqueous and drying. Its warming side saves it from remaining a bad memory all in all.

Comment: I wasn't convinced by this one; perhaps it was too young a sherry for me. The nose was interesting and complex but its mouth was simply not my cup of tea. It remains coherent in itself though. I thought of Glen Garioch throughout the tasting session.

79/100

Macallan; Not in collection

Macallan

Speymalt 1995-2004

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
40 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Dates
Distil: 1995 Bottling: 2004
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68/100
Personal Comment

Macallan

Speymalt 1998-2007

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
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82/100
Personal Comment
Date of tasting: 27/3/2009 (SWS tasting)
Appearance: Like a darker white wine
Nose: The dominant impression is of ripe pears. Smells a little like white wine as well. Soft maltiness, a little grass and cut hay. Pretty bland.
Palate: The pears from the nose carries over. Pleasant, sweet palate with a pretty short finish. Uninteresting but pleasant and tasty.
82/100


Macallan

Macallan-Glenlivet 1987

Age
17 years
Alcohol percentage
59,1 %
Bottler
Cadenhead
Cask
sherry butt
Dates
Distil: 1987 Bottling: 02-2005
Bottle
630 btls
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BT2005 0/100
Personal Comment

Macallan

Fine Oak 15 years

Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Official
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89/100
Macallan 15 Fine Oak
Personal Comment

Macallan

13 ans

Age
13 years
Alcohol percentage
54,2 %
Bottler
Clan des Grands Mals
Cask
Pedro Ximenez finish
Dates
Distil: 12-1993 Bottling: 09-2007
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BT2009 0/100
BT2009
Personal Comment

Macallan

10 years, Coffret Traveller's Choice

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
56,4 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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87/100
Personal Comment

Macallan

18 yo (1991-2009)

Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Sherry butt
Dates
Distil: 1991 Bottling: 2009
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77/100
Macallan 18 1991
Personal Comment

Macallan

Fine Oak 10 years

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
40 %
Bottler
Official
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81/100
Macallan fine oak 10
Personal Comment
Apperance: Bright yellow Gold
Nose: Appeticing scent with a light, vanilla oakiness. Some malty sweetness there as well with very light fruity esters, heather flowers and some ladies perfume. Lemon-zest, akacia honey and a very light moldy wiff are revealed in the diluted nose. Round and fresh overall.
Body: Relatively light, but firm
Palate: Starts out quite light but with good balance. Predominantly cereal, malty hints. An attractive winey, cereal and woody mix is somewhat spoiled by a sensation of something spilled. Even unreduced, this dram feels a little watered down. Having said that, the finish is long and smooth and has some nice mown hay and white oak / vanilla notes. A pleasant aperitif and a very nice whisky, but lacking Macallans typical weightiness.
84/100

Macallan

10 years

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
40 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
sherry
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79/100
Macallan 10 sherry
Personal Comment

Macallan

12 yo Fine Oak Triple cask matured

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
440 %
Bottler
Official
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65/100
Personal Comment

Macallan

19 years, 1988/2007

Collection
Cask Collection
Age
19 ans
Taux d'alcool
57,4 %
Embouteilleur
Dewar Rattray
Fût
Sherry Cask
Numéro fût
single cask 5805
Dates
Distill: 04.04.1988 Embout: 20.11.2007
Particularité
Brut de fût non filtré à froid
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liens et cote moyenne
88/100
Personal Comment

Macallan

1979/2004

Collection
Natural Cask Strength
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
51,6 %
Bottler
Scott's Selection
Dates
Distil: 1979 Bottling: 2001
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 83/100
Personal Comment

Macallan

1990

Collection
Mac Kullick's Choice
Age
22 years
Alcohol percentage
53,9 %
Bottler
Mackillop
Cask number
single cask 16050
Dates
Distil: 19.09.1990 Bottling: 04.2013
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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88/100
Personal Comment

Macallan

12 years (80's, imported by Rothschild)

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
40 %
Bottler
Official
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87/100
Personal Comment

Macallan

25 years, 1965 (Gouin SA)

Age
25 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Official
Dates
Distil: 1965 Bottling: 1991
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Forum 91/100
Personal Comment

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