Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Refill Sherry Hogsheads + Refill Sherry Butts
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Apr 2020 5:13 pm

Average value

€ 110.37

23 × in wishlist

16 × member ratings

128 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 2005 GM

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.50 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    I tasted this with an open mind because it was an IB but was sceptical because OB Macallan of this age is pretty lacklustre to say the least so if they sell casks off what are they like?
    This is bland and boring with very little depth of profile so its one dimensional in my view.
    The problem I had with it was that it was too manufactured and had no discernible character.
    For £75 is has an awful quality/price ratio, I thought it would be around the £40 mark.
    It is certainly drinkable and not a write off but for £75 GM are taking the Mickey out of anyone who buys it, this is a £30 tasting whisky max.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  2. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I'm really surprised, usually Macallan is not my cup of tea ... Maybe it's because of the curfew (Corona), but I really like this malt right now. Super balance between spirit and barrel. Not a complexity monster, but still so pleasant and smooth. There is 1 extra point for the PLV (£ 66). I had to put 2 bottles back: D

    EDIT: The basic character of the painting actually reminds me of the A Speyside Distillery 1977 (WB ID 81515).
    • Nose
      Apricot, creme brulee, custard, orange peel, milk chocolate and some caramel fudge. The alcohol is wonderfully integrated.
      The subtle oak in the background completes the overall picture. So great!
    • Taste
      The malt is silky smooth and oily on the tongue.
      Round and pleasing without appearing boring.
      Pear peel, walnut, plum, coconut and a nice spicy.
      Big sips are recommended.
    • Finish
      Short to medium.
      Chocolate raisins and a slight bitterness (not disturbing)
      Very pleasant.

  3. WSP scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. LukeFive scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Flavoursome, surprisingly full bodied and rich Macallan. This one would kill majority of current official offerings from this distillery. It all tastes generic compared to this one. The only Macallan I have for drinking in my possession. Its well balanced dram with the trademark Macallan orange (marmalade, preserved peels, ripe sweet oranges), apples, pears and chocolate. The casks just complementing the spirit. I only wish this would be 46% + and NCF. Outstanding value for money. (As of 2020)

  5. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 820: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoeOlWBhFQQ (87/100).

    "Once you've added water, the unfolding dram of this malt is very singular and it's really really interesting. And it's pretty damn good. Very very much so."

  6. dinis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Fantastic Macallan, price /quality is very good.lots of sherry wood influence.

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. holborndrinker scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant enough - nothing to write home about though.
    • Nose
      Dried leafs on the nose, with a hint of orange.
    • Taste
      Slightly bland, although some citrus notes come through.
    • Finish
      Medium length - some spice.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    N: Malty sweet – very malty sweet, cream-icing sweet,… moreish dessert smorgasbord-sweet with a few sips of white coffee. However, it isn’t saccharine sweet so it makes for a delicious dessert dram on the nose.

    T: Soft edgy sweet grassy ~> chalky arrival, a little water going a long way to promote the well-tempered/balanced and moreish [yet restrained] sherried raisin maltiness, again a touch grassy. Tastes older than it is. Perhaps that’s a perception born from its slight softness? Maybe it didn’t work so well at 46%, or even 45 or 44%?

    F: With a malty > chalky mouthfeel and chew throughout, we conclude with numerous glimpses of dried fruits in various forms along with a very quiet rootsy aniseed note.

    C: This is one Ralfy picked out and I can see why. There’s something beguiling about it, an honest vulnerability without the need for a noticeable heavy-handed finishing. Good whisky/price ratio given the distillery.


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