Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whiskey differently from me.
This sample was kindly donated to my blog by The Exclusive Dram – a company whose aim is “to allow anyone the chance to sample some of the most unique and expensive whiskys without breaking the bank!”
Bright gold verging on amber.
Floral and Fruity – grapes, dried raisins, slight lemon citrus, grains and oak, cinamon, vanilla and milk chocolate.
Vanilla, fruity – apple (pink ladies), raisins, sultanas, slight oak bitterness which fades quickly.
Shortcrust pastry, oak, slight nuttiness and fruit.
I’ve not explored much of the Macallan range, mainly due to the cost of the majority of their expressions these days. I found this particular dram was a good, sturdy drink. It’s not going to knock your socks off but it’s an easy drinker, at least it would be if it were cheaper. At £45 it’s not bad but there are better drams out there for the same or even less.
If you’re desperate to own a bottle of Macallan I’d personally recommend spending more money and getting a bottle of their 12 Year Sherry cask. Yes it’s £15 to £25 more but that extra cost is reflected in the quality. If you dont want to spend the extra then look at something like a Glenfarclas 12 or 15 which will give you a lot more for your money.
Notes from The Macallan Website.
Polite, almost apologetic at first, with a floral, citrus sweet nose that gains presence, commanding a chorus of vanilla notes over freshly harvested grain. Raisin, sultana and cinnamon look on as toffee apples and candy floss step into the limelight.
Fresh green apples and lemons mingle with cinnamon. Ginger notes hover as fruit takes over, with subtle oak lingering in the wings.
Light to medium with soft fruits and cereal, slightly dry.