First Impression: The Macallan Edition No. 2

[48.2%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: A dense delivery of diverse flavours, on one hand there is the depth carved out by the Spanish oak, the weight from the leather and tobacco and the richness of dried fruits; on another there are the lighter notes of lemon, vanilla and ginger.  The heaviness of the Macallan…

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Whisky Review: The Macallan Edition No. 1

  Style: Light Sherry and Spicy Nose: A quick strike of matchsticks brings us to a musky mist over brown sugar and dried (still unmistakably Macallan) sherry fruits. Slip of Balsamic vinegar over subtle walnuts. Spice hiding rather deep with the malt. Palate: Timber spices lashes out unexpectedly on the palate. On hot glowing tracks…

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First Impression: Gordon & MacPhail The Macallan Distilled 1936 70°

[70°・NAS・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling] Nose: Mmm.. aged soy sauce, rather umami indeed.  The creaminess is transcending with the underlying raisin note tiptoeing in, the warming bone broth note gradually surfaces. Palate & Finish: Soft cotton like mouthfeel, the presence of the raisins fares more like an armagnac, strawberry jam and seville oranges intertwine to release…

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Whisky Review: The Macallan Cask Strength

Tasting Notes: The Macallan Cask Strength ☆☆ [Highly Recommended] Style: Sherry Bomb and Spicy Nose: Sumptuous dark ruby fruits infused seamlessly with syrupy nectar. A hint of black tea. Staggering and rich sherry aroma flooding over but firmly grounded by steel-boned spice, incredible horsepower to lift up such a bulky texture. Haze of malt and…

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First Impression: The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old

Here in Australia, we are not privileged to receive official allocation of age-statement-Macallans; and there exists entire generations of drinkers who are not privy to its greatness. I held a Macallan tasting with some of my friends a few months back and came away feeling in awe of Macallans of old; in comparison, the contemporary Macallans simply cannot live up to the…

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Whisky Review: The Macallan 18 Years Old (Youngest distilled in 1986)

Tasting Notes: The Macallan 18 Years Old (Youngest distilled in 1986) ☆☆ Style: Sherry and Serene Nose: Absolutely beautiful raisins aroma rising from the glass. Sweet red fruits scrupulously knitted with subtle vanilla, honey and chocolate oak. Mild spice illuminates and highlight the sherry tenor charmingly. Soothing, elegant nose. Palate: Perfect delivery on the palate.…

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Whisky Review: The Macallan 18 Years Old (Youngest Whisky Distilled In 1986)

You could say I was born to a different era.  Gone were the days where Macallan exclusively aged their stocks in Jerez sherry casks, casks that were filled with new make made from golden promise barley.  In a country where a Macallan with an age statement is seen as a product of rarity, for a…

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Whisky Review: The Macallan Whisky Maker’s Edition

Tasting Notes: The Macallan Whisky Maker’s Edition Style: Light and Sweet Nose:  Plum sauce, red fruits dressed over pulled pork, toffee melt with a pinch of nutmeg. The ginger notes hits an optimum level that it gives a fresh, slightly spicy aroma. Hints of vanilla oak infused within. Palate: First touch on the palate is…

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Whisky Review: The Macallan 18 Years Old 1995

Musings: Tasted this more than half year ago, which feels like a distant past given the number of whiskies I have come across since then. Looking at this tasting note reminds me how Macallan has changed over time but some of the spirit character remains unfazed. While I do not see how the current Macallan is a few levels above…

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