Macallan Enigma

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Quest Collection
1st Fill European Sherry Butts & Spain HH
44.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Global Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
14 Oct 2017 12:14 pm by whisk-O-thek

Average value

€ 264.99

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan Enigma

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.10 points

  1. 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?).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. rolabob scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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 ..

  9. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Joseph Buttons scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior



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