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THE MACALLAN
Single Malt Scotch Whisky



Distillery: The Macallan
Owner: Highland Distillers
Region: Highlands
District: Speyside

Expressions
The Macallan, Distiller's Choice, no age, 40 %
The Macallan 10-year-old, 40%
The Macallan 10-year-old, 57%
The Macallan 12-year-old, 43%

The Macallan 15-year-old, 43%

The Macallan 25-year-old, 43%

The Macallan Gran Reserva 18-year-old, 40%
The Macallan 30-year-old, 43%

 

THE MACALLAN, 10-year-old, 40% abv

Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Color - Amber
Nose - Sherry and buttery, honeyish, malt character. Lots of roundness and depth, even at this young age.
Body
- Full without being syrupy.
Palate
- Lots of sherry, without being rich. Plenty of malt. Sweetish.
Finish - Satisfying, malty, gingery, becoming dry, with a hint of smoke.

Score 87


Malt Whisky File: John Lamond & Robin Tucek

Sweetness - 7 Peatiness - 4 Availability - 10

Color - Mid-amber with old-gold highlights.
Nose
- Full sherried, nutty and rich with notes of honey and dried fruits - banana, pears and apricots and a hint of demerara sugar.
Palate - Sweet, full-bodied and rich with good peat integration.
Finish - Long and sherried with sweet vanilla notes.

THE MACALLAN, 10-year-old, 57% abv (100 Proof)

Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Color - Amber, marginally fuller.
Nose - Sherry still, but drier. A soft whiff of alcohol.
Body
- Full.
Palate
- Sherryish. A very clean, rounded fruitness. Intense. Powerful.
Finish - Sherry, smoke, alcohol.

Score 89


Malt Whisky File: John Lamond & Robin Tucek

Sweetness - 8 Peatiness - 4 Availability - 10

Color - Mid-amber with old-gold highlights.
Nose
- Medium-bodied, very rich, sweeter and more delicate than the 40% bottling, almost syrupy, with hints of ripe pears, citrus and almonds.
Palate - Sweet, full-bodied and rich, possibly more elegant and subtle than the 40% bottling`.
Finish - Long, quite complex and sherried with creamy vanilla notes.

 

THE MACALLAN, 12-year-old, 43% abv

Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Color - Amber.
Nose
- Sherry, honey, flowery notes.
Body - Full, smooth.
Palate - The first hints of flowering currant. Altogether more expressive.
Finish - Slightly more rounded.

Score 91


Malt Whisky File: John Lamond & Robin Tucek

Sweetness - 9 Peatiness - 4 Availability - 6

Color - Mid-amber with old-gold highlights.
Nose
- Medium-sweet, medium-bodied, rich and heather honeyed with an almond nuttiness and notes of apple, peach and a little citrus.
Palate - Quite big-bodied, medium-sweet, honey, a quite delicate peatiness with a slightly green edge and a nutty chewiness.
Finish - Long, rich and nutty.

THE MACALLAN, 15-year-old, 43% abv

Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Color - Medium Amber.
Nose
- Honey. Distinctly fruity.
Body - Full, very smooth.
Palate - Toffeeish. Gently fruity and spicy. Hints of peat. A little lacking in dimension.
Finish - Grassy. Lightly peaty.

Score 92


Malt Whisky File: John Lamond & Robin Tucek

Sweetness - 7 Peatiness - 4 Availability - 9

Color - Mid-amber with a hint of bronze to the highlights.
Nose
- Quite full-bodied and medium-sweet with an unctuously-honeyed, delicate green edge and dark fruitiness with notes of dried apricot, mango, sultanas and banana.
Flavour - Sweet with creamy peatiness, gently chewy tannins and a fresh, slight green edge.
Finish - Long, complex, medium-sweet and elegant.



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The Macallan, Gran Reserva, 18-year-old

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