Dram Review: The Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years Old (Bottled in 2000)

[58.8%・10 Years Old・Bottled in 2000・Original Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The usual suspects of raisins and leather are heavily featured, there is a wee savoury note to it that comes with a light brush of floral honey.  The wood is quite prominent on the back end with hints of vanilla and cereal. Palate & Finish: The high ABV…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal “Whisky is Art” collection Macallan 1989 24 Years Old

Style: Citrus, Malty and Oaky Nose: Sweet malt syrup trickling down at the front, Tropicana orange juice injected with a fresh grassy breeze, while chilli spice floating on top of the surface. Clean malty aroma we have here. Ink sinks into lightly toasted oak, pretty nice depth. Palate: The sweet citrus-malt theme continues on the…

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Dram Review: The Macallan 18 Years Old Distilled in 1981

[43.0%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1981・Original Bottling・General Release] Nose: The mahogany and Spanish oak take a commanding lead as stickily sweet brown sugar draws out perhaps a hint of sweet smoke.  There is a curious hint of acidity to the casks driven dark fruits, lime perhaps. Palate & Finish: A satisfying dose of concentrated sweetness from…

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Dram Review: The Macallan 18 Years Old Distilled in 1980

[43.0%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1980・Original Bottling・General Release] Nose: A thick presence of pu-erh tea and old school Sherry casks, some lighter red apple notes amidst the heaviness of the Christmas cake.  The floral note is dry and intense, and the nose becomes more tannic as time passes. Palate & Finish: A steady syrupy sweetness of…

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Dram Review: The Macallan Reflexion

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: An elegant and effortless delivery of Sherry raisins and fine chocolate on the nose, combined with a silky vanilla note. There is perhaps no surprise at all. Palate & Finish: The sweet note is persistent with just a hint of buttery barley.  Sweet chocolate and ripe red fruits seamlessly…

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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…

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Whisky Review: The Macallan Estate Reserve Ernie Button Limited Edition

Style: Rich and Sherry Nose: Started with red plums and prunes, sweet and around aroma. Plenty of chocolate sauce pursues from behind. Menthol, then we have digest biscuit and roasted malt to buffer the acidity. A few almond croissant and cookie dough dissonant hidden within, while subtle, graceful grassy and floral notes sitting deep at…

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Dram Review: 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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Dram Review: 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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