Speyside region – 50% ABV – 70cl (though my sample was 3cl) – $£€?? I can’t find this bottle anywhere online – if someone could let me know where to find one, please say so in the comments section because I want a bottle. STAT.
My knowledge of The Macallan is quite limited there’s a reason why…
Firstly, The Macallan is one of those whiskies that you hear about when you are first getting into whiskies (this and Johnnie Walker Blue). The impression you get is that it is the gold standard of whiskies. My tasting of a recent 12yr expression proved otherwise for me. Ok, so when I say recent, I mean about two years ago. That 12yr expression seemed like a matchstick-infused-sherry-bomb with WAY too much wineyness to it. I’ve had a couple other Macallans since (to be honest, I don’t remember what they were but I remember not liking them so much) and they were just not up my alley.
The times they are, becoming different…
Enter the Old Malt Cask 18yr 1987 expression. I’m going to let the notes do the talking:
On the mouth — Silken and delicious. Holy crap.
The mouth feel is stupendous. Lots of big chocolate notes.
No overwiney sherry with this Macallan!! Some very nice fresh tobacco, heated butter, salad greens and raspberry (slight), spiced honey, fabulous — Ab-Fab.
Finish — Medium Long and endlessly chewy.
In sum — A lovely expression from start to finish. Complex and contemplative as well as an everyday drinker. This has restored my faith in the Macallan (again, my familiarity with The Macallan is quite limited).
I’ve heard their “Fine Oak” line is quite different from their standard 12, 18, etc… expressions but, I’ve yet to try that line. I can tell you, however, this whisky will make you very happy.