Macallan Enigma

Overall rating
87.44/100
votes
234
Whiskybase ID
WB102234
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Quest Collection
Bottled
2017
Casktype
1st Fill European Sherry Butts & Spain HH
Strength
44.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314305130
Bottled for
Global Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
14 oct 2017 12:14 pm by whisk-O-thek
Uncolored

Average value

€ 470.40

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Whisky reviews for Macallan Enigma

37 users have left 37 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.44 points.

  1. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Massively oaky and spicy piece, but well aligned with the beautiful sherry. 86/87.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sherry, dried fruits, milk caramel, citruses, spicy oak and mint.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Tannic oak, dried fruits, citruses and milk caramel. Nutmeg, cinnamon and clove.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length, oaky, spicy.

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  3. GranuB scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    The aroma is toasty and pan-fried sugar apples, the taste is fruity, slightly spicy, dry and sherry-like, with a hint of acidity and oak. Peppery nutmeg/cinnamon at the end?!
    This is good!

  4. Lerraa scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    ... sherry, chocolate, caramel ...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. riven1824 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. wndayy scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Macallan Enigma's overall feeling is very mellow, and the delicate wood fragrance is very enjoyable. The high-quality Sherry barrel makes the taste full and rich. Nuts, milk chocolate, oak and a little spice. I personally feel very close to M18! I like it very much ~
    • Nose
      87 87
      obvious Sherry, nuts with vanilla flavor, rich oak flavor, yellow fruit with cinnamon, and slight mint.
    • Taste
      88 88
      rich oak aroma, nuts with milk chocolate, a little caramel with cinnamon and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      86 86
      long, full of oak, slightly spicy

  8. Whiskylen scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    The best of the series, very nice sherry notes on the nose, it would benifit from being a higher proof as it is a little lacking on the palate and the finish is fast and doesn’t linger like higher end macallans do.

  9. Woodsmoke scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Was a quick tasting at the airport. Overtired in shape, he was quite tasty.
    • Nose
      oak and fruit.
    • Taste
      Dry. fruit and oak. Powerful.
    • Finish
      Lots of oak. Long-lasting

  10. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. Baske24 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. Tape scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    A rather tasty Macallan

  13. WhiskeyMaster scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. Seanzhang scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 77 points Shoplink Moderator

    Boredom, boredom, I bite wood. Boredom, boredom, I drink something like an extract of sherry. Boredom, boredom, gray. I'm sucking a cherry stone. Wait, am I really drinking whisky?!?

    I'll try a few drops of water. Oh, no. I have a slightly woody sherry lemonade from it now.

    What...? Macallan? Travel Retail Exclusive? A bottle for more than 5 thousand? I see. Thank you very much, I don't want to. I'm not a jerk. I don't eat marketing. And an overgrown, designer whisky box really doesn't add to the taste ...

  16. CXEDDY scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. YuraLM scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Dried fruits, very saturated fruit smell, taste and finish
    • Nose
      Heres wine, light spices, sweet saw plum, raisins, dried apricot, pear, vanilla, dried fruits, ginger, citrus
    • Taste
      Dried fruits, wood, spices, medium length, ginger, citrus, cinnamon
    • Finish
      Long, dried fruits, spices, wood, ginger, citrus, raisins

  18. The_Osprey scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Macallan Enigma 44.9%. Consumed October 2020.

    An outrageously dark pour. Hopefully natural. Amber brown is how it should be described. Very dark indeed. Held to light it has an orange hue.

    Aroma is pure sherry. Oloroso. Plasticky. Dates. Christmas pudding and fruit cake all the way. Yes Christmas pudding is by far the dominant vibe. I don't actually like Christmas pudding all that much but on the aroma here it is nostalgic and pleasant. Later on it gets meaty and cherryish, dry sherry.

    Taste is slightly rubbery, no alcohol showing up, more Christmas pudding, stupidly sherry cask, but not sweetly sherry from the wine and not tannic or bitter from the wood. I mean this is a good example of what I assume Macallan seeks to achieve. Not even a hint of a rough edge. It's pure silk. Not too fruity, it is sherry cask led without being too sherried or starting to taste like cognac rather than whisky. No particular impressions of sweetness or dryness - it lands squarely between the two and is seasoned by an impression of salt. I imagine that the best vintage Macallans that cost thousands upon thousands of pounds are somewhat like this.

    This is actually very good. The sherry is very authentic I'm certainly not getting the impression of seasoned casks, or at least only a subtle hint (and it seems that only seasoned casks were used). It has the maximum sherry cask character that you would want in a whisky before it became garish and obscene.

    I have had several disappointing experiences with expensive Macallan bottlings, but this was not one of them. I get a real impression of tasting old sherry cask Macallan here - like I now know what the white whale bottlings that reach six figure sums at auction are likely to taste like. 3.8/90

  19. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very fun and substantial Mac at good abv. Close to a sherry bomb. Intense sherry aromas but still good balance overall. Perhaps in the territory of old Dronach 15 and recent Dronach 18. No deal however due to Macallan premium pricing. Reminds me of the 1824 Series Ruby from a few years back.

  20. rolabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. AXEoftheNORTH scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Aroma: oak opens ripe dried fruits, vanilla, sweet pears and cinnamon.

    Taste: Dried fruits and wood spices envelop the palate. Ginger, cinnamon and oak give depth.

    Finish: Long, persistent, unforgettable ..

  22. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  23. Joseph Buttons scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Enigma.

  24. MrNachbar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. Hedeager scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  28. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Oak driven in a good way.. abit mono dimension

  29. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Oak Driven

    This Enigma – which means as much as ‘mystery’ – is part of the Quest Collection, exclusive to world travelers. The series consists of the Quest, Lumina, Terra and this Enigma. It matured on European first fill sherry casks. It does not happen often that one gets to taste Macallan that matured on casks that came from once source. In this case: Toneleria Tevasa, a cooperage in Jerez, Spain, specialized in ‘seasoned’ (prepared) casks for the Scottish whisky industry. This is my 40th encounter with this Speysider.

    Sturdy nose on yellow and red fruit (think apricots, mango, raspberry) with almond paste, hazelnuts and candied sugar. The wood – first fill, remember? – does put its foot down with wood shavings and spices and a drying element. Think ginger, nutmeg, menthol. A drop of rancio and some roast beef. I have to admit: I like it a lot.

    On the palate, I first get dark fruit (dates, raisins, candied apricots) before the oak kicks in. Once that happens, though, it’s big: drying, spicy on cloves, nutmeg, chili pepper and a truckload of cinnamon. Having said that: good balance and a nice mouth feel.

    The finish is medium long on more wood, but not disturbingly so.

    This one is what they call oak driven. But it works. I like it a lot. The price – around 250 EUR – not so much. But it does come in a nice box (sarcasm, anyone?).

  30. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      fruity, cereals, dried fruit, pleasant oak tones, sweet chocolate
    • Taste
      full-bodied
      sweet - sour - salty (harmonious)
      fresh
    • Finish
      strong, fresh, fruity sweetness and a hint of salt

  31. maltandgrains scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky, but too expensive for what it is.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Soft and round on the nose. Hints of oak, sherry, dried fruits.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The nose repeats itself in the taste.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Short, a bit dull.

  32. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  33. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. The Macallan scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    To oaky for my liking however still packed with beautiful aroma's and lovely flavors. To much pricy if you asked me.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  35. AlainMalt09 scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      76 76

  36. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  37. thijs100 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Exactly the type of oak forward, sherry matured whisky that I'm not particularly fond of.
    • Nose
      Oak shavings, menthol and cough syrup to start, followed by a hint of balsamic, some almond paste and a pinch of brown sugar. There's some cinnamon, apricot and ginger too. But the oak is really dominant.
    • Taste
      The palate is a bit more agreeable, but there's still loads of oak. Hints of raisins and dates to offset the oak, as well as honey and dried apricots. There's definitely cinnamon again, as well as cloves.
    • Finish
      Oak, ending on a hint of milk chocolate.

  38. Drochaid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The Macallan Enigma comes from first fill European sherry oak barrels from Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. This gives a rich, slightly sweetish soft taste. With a hint of vanilla, dried fruits and wood. The barrels are from Tevasa.

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