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Macallan 15-year-old

Overall rating
86.47/100
votes
77
Whiskybase ID
WB161303
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Double Cask
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Sherry Oak from American and European
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314308469
Added on
01 Jul 2020 6:06 pm by christer71

Average value

€ 128.12

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77 × member ratings

363 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 15-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.47 points

  1. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dried fruits, such as figs and dates. Raisins. Citrus here too, giving it a fresh note. Sweet oranges in the background. Dark chocolate. A layer of honey. Stewed red fruit. A hint of sulphur, but in the very background.
    • Taste
      Plenty of dark chocolate here. Toffee and caramel fudge. Sweet raisins. A hint of lemon peels, oranges too. This is followed by hazelnuts. Ginger. Cinnamon and some nutmeg in the background.
    • Finish
      Mid-long. Toffee and ginger. Some spices here as well, such as crushed black peppercorns, nutmeg.

  2. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    As usual from Macallan, a gentleman whisky. Balanced and smooth. For uncomplicated enjoyment. But there is also a lot to discover. For less than 100 € I would buy it.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The dried fruits typical of sherry whiskys (figs, dates). Jam of red berries, nuts and dark chocolate. Orange. Honey. Minimal smoke. Oak seasoning. Rounded and coherent.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The nose is reflected on the palate. Very pleasant and balanced. The orange is in the foreground. Then the seasoning sets in, but not too intrusive. Unmistakably a Macallan.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Dark chocolate and seasoning. Also a hint of smoke. Not very long.

  3. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good, relatively full-bodies, malt with wood spiciness. No off notes, medium complexity. Was pleasantly surprised... until I heard what it cost. Maybe a good addition to my bar if it was around 50 EUR. :-)

  4. DannyDram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sherry, chocolate, dried fruits, nutmeg, tobacco, melon, banana, orange, pepper. Balanced, watery, refreshing, appealing complexity, medium body, good intensity.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. DistiLesha scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    This sherry barrel clearly spoils the bourbon in this blend. The whisky gets rougher and more ambiguous. I would definitely not buy myself such a bottle, I don't know what to do with it.
    • Nose
      We can say thank you for not surfaced grain tones, but the rubber is clearly there.
    • Taste
      The taste has floated, the sweetness is replaced by a rather dull sherry, a strange sourness.
    • Finish
      The finish is one of the worst in the lineup.

  6. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Quite an enjoyable and sweet dram. Like the milky fruity nose, and elegant finish. A modern core range Macallan that is better than many of their special releases.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Milk chocolate, apple stew, crisp pears, toffee, malt sweetness. A thin layer of raw tropical honey, frosties breakfast cereal, and some dark chocolate. A tiny bit of sulfur. Overall very fragrant, and sweet.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Black tea with fruits, tingling wood spice, dark chocolate. Hints of dried dark fruits and little ginger. A little oily and tongue coating. If compare to the nose, a bit thin in flavors.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium, with warming ginger, plum, and little citrus

  7. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    1514) The Macallan, 15YO, Double Cask (2020)
    • Nose
      N- Liquorice candy with spicy pickle white fruit, punchy and penetrating, nose warming with flows of American Oak goodies. Vanilla, floral, snappy fresh Rose Apple and yellowish petite Asian Pear, crisp and crunchy. More floral developed after breath. (90/22)
    • Taste
      P- Flow of coffee, sherry, nutty with tinge of sour plum, cinnamon and bitter strong black tea. Black fruits jam, waxy and chewy apple/pear mashes. Mesmerize by the elegant spicy mouth coat. (89/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, smooth with echoing dry charred notes. Spicy ginger and pleasantly warming. (87/21)

      B/B- 88/22 Delicious stuff. Modern but masterfully vatted by keeping the much wanted spiciness to counter the sweets.

      Weighted Rate- 87pt

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