Dram Review: The Macallan Select Reserve 1946

[40.0%・52 Years Old・Distilled in 1946・Bottled in 1998・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

It’s peated, as Macallan whiskies were known to be in that period.  Slightly dusty and dirty at first and a bit woody, but after some time to breathe, the honey and ripe fruits reach out.  The smoke is well integrated with a certain umami note which in turns leads to soft buttery leather.  The minerals settle alongside hints of aged lemon, pepper and toffee on the back end as the dram continues to be quite smoky.

Palate & Finish:

The honey arrives on the palate with ample of peat, the sweetness is rewarding and is joined by a gentle layer of ripe fruits.  Despite 52 long years the wood only gradually reveals itself considerately, merging with the slightly herbal and dirty peat.  Buttered French pastry with leather and tobacco revealing themselves later on, masking over some subtle floral and umami notes.

Brush of earthy café au lait over a delicate smoke that stretches long, finishes softly and gently.

Thoughts:

An era specific Macallan made from post-war peated malt which lends a certain character to the whisky, just a bit more than the ordinarily exquisite Sherried whiskies per Macallan’s standard back in the day; a certain quality that rises above mere refined elegance..

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas