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Macallan 18-year-old

Overall rating
89.55/100
votes
85
Whiskybase ID
WB158760
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Oak from Jerez
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5010719187003
Added on
21 May 2020 11:00 pm by vladi
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Average value

€ 401.98

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85 × member ratings

898 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 18-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.55 points

  1. LeChiffre scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Overall, a delicious and drinkable whisky hidden the price. But nothing special and a bit thin.

    And with a view to the price, which I can no longer ignore in this case, unfortunately a disappointment - the sample is enough for me. It is much cheaper and better elsewhere, for example a Glengoyne 21y or Glendronach 18y for a fraction of the price is clearly ahead in all respects.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not judging this one by older bottlings I don't know and which supposedly represented one cornerstone in building Mac's good reputation. This one - price aside - is a good sherry cask whisky, well-integrated with wood spices, not overly sherried, nicely balanced, perhaps a bit thin-bodied, in short, a competently-crafted dram I quite enjoyed. However if you now take the price into consideration this quickly becomes a model case for marketing fraud and pretentiousness. I can see this nowadays with all the price spikes considered retailing for a bout 100-120 EUR (somewhat in similar range as Dronach 18, which is most probably more intense, but maybe not as fine-tuned). Everything above is Macallan exclusive money I am afraid. But I am very thankful for having had the opportunity to try this one from a good whisky pal. Slainté! :-)

  3. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It's been a long time since I tried a Macallan Sherry 18, I had tried double cask 18 earlier this year however not a big fan, for me in double cask series, the 15 is more balance.

    The new sherry 18 is delicate, malty sweet, nose is really good. Price wise, was a little high and I really hope for the price they can increase the abv a little bit more, 46-48%.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Milk chocolate, coco cereals, hints of smoke, dried fruits, the oak is well integrated, not overly sherried. Some tobacco, a little bit of hay, more coco cereals, chocolate bar, some matches. Delicately sweet nose.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A bit dry and thin bodied compare to the nose. Dark chocolate, toffee, some oak spice, dark fruit tea.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium, some sherry sweetness, dark chocolate.

  4. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84
      Thin and 85 points with a lot of benevolence

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Moderator

    Quite drinkable but indeed nothing special - get multiple bottles of a more exciting whisky for the same price instead
    • Nose
      85 85
      Raisins, vinous notes, forrest fruits, berries, some leathery notes, hints of sherry wood, little nutty
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, nutty, more raisins, toffee, little spices, more vinous notes, little citric, orange zest
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm, little spicy, more raisins

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Quite a boring whisky, it’s not bad but the price is ridiculous. Not very complex, ok sherry, feels youngish and thin with a short finish

  7. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Matured in hand-picked sherry-seasoned oak casks from Jerez
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet, sherry, raspberries, strawberries, caramel, dried fruits (apples, oranges, apricots), vanilla, spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom)
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet, sherry, oily, leathery, orange marmalade, figs, chocolate, spicy (cinnamon, clove, ginger), dried fruits, nutty, sultanas
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium long, sweet, cocoa, cranberries, tobacco, orange zest

  8. DannyDram scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sherry, polish, fig, tobacco, chocolate, chewing gum, leather, cane sugar, caramel, citric. Well balanced, full-bodied, creamy, grainy, slightly sweet, good complexity, medium intensity.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

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