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Macallan 1965

Overall rating
92.68/100
votes
42
Whiskybase ID
WB11236
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Selection
Vintage
1965
Bottled
1983
Stated Age
17 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Bottled for
Rinaldi Import
Added on
18 Oct 2009 3:18 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 4750.54

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42 × member ratings

50 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1965

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.68 points

  1. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
      aromatic, spicy, concentrated, sweet, dark spicy honey, dried fruit, overripe fruit (touch tropical), cantaloupe melon, heavy and syrupy, slightly dark. Thyme, fine, dry and warm notes of old oak. Slightly tickles the nose, a hint of menthol. Looks noble, intense and very appealing.
    • Taste
      93 93
      warm, aromatic, spicy, spices, sherry. A bit heavy at first and a touch dark, syrupy, then more open with sherry, thyme, sweet-tart-spicy, fine warm dry oak, a touch of barrel and a hint of coffee, dark chocolate. Very consistent, very good.
    • Finish
      92 92
      first with fine, tart oak notes, then a little sherry, spices and fine oak. Very balanced, nothing corners or disturbs. Sweet-tart-spicy. Finally with a hint of dark honey and again with fine oak notes. Lingering very long.

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Class, venerable, old Mac, he probably lacks a touch of whimsy. to carry him even higher than he already is.
    • Nose
      Noble, but still fairly young cognac in the nose, fresh flowers, fresh, thin leather, grapes, gooseberries, apricots, quite intense for 43%, white chocolate, macadamia nuts, fresh papaya, cardamom, hints of eucalyptus
    • Taste
      Fresh cherry, plum, mint, grapes, kiwi, papaya, fine leather, milk chocolate, hazelnut, wine gums, sweet licorice, quince, bitter orange, almonds, pecans, toffee, herbal honey
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, praline, fennel, thyme, quince, long

  3. ctu scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Old italian import, a master selection. Big whisky. Essence of Macallan.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Floral. Sherry, waxy and forest fruits, punch and chewing gum.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Powerful but refined. Matured sherry and piquant spicy oak. Vibrant acidic fruits.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, spicy, fruity, slightly peaty.

  4. TechnOBY scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. Tanner scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      94 94

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I have always had a sneaking suspicion that the best casks 17/18 years were kept for the Special Selection bottles, certainly the 18 year ones (Special Selection) are better than the 18 year vintages.

    Its a pity I could not do a H2H with the 1963 Special selection I had but that went far too quickly.

    This at the price is far too moreish, as I said it lacks a little power, a little grunt, the peat in this is lovely.Nothing like the rubbish Macallan put out today.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    If this was at 46-50% it would be over 95 points.Just below that  which in my book means not outstanding but on the horizon.
    • Nose
      This has a really nice nose, elegant, floral and sweet.Fruit gums, kiwi fruit, gooseberry, dark jams and rhubarb crumble.
    • Taste
      Like many older Macallan it feels underpowered at 43% but that's because of how smooth it is, there is absolutely no burn and hardly any hint of alcohol but its not watery or anything, that is well classy I suppose?Nice sherry infusion here, all sort of dark fruits and now I get quite a big wave of peat that I did not detect on the first mouthful, some dark toffee and a hint of syrup in the mix
    • Finish
      Medium length, remaining sweet with a peaty side that's growing.

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