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Macallan 1952 80 proof

Overall rating
94.80/100
votes
27
Whiskybase ID
WB17255
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rinaldi Import
Vintage
1952
Stated Age
15 years old
Strength
45.85 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Market
it Italy
Added on
22 Jul 2010 8:32 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 6902.01

23 × in wishlist

27 × member ratings

34 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1952 80 proof

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.80 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 98 points Photo Moderator

    I can't find the right words but this Macallan is for sure one of the best of its time. An era very different from the modern Macallans. Simply SUPERB!!!
    • Nose
      Rich and intensive sherry wood, sweet raisins, nuts and dried fruits, something leathery and ashy, faint peat and smoke, then ripe fruits, I can't list everything here
    • Taste
      Wow - so fresh and rich sherry notes with the very great and famous sweetness of Macallan. Very oily, liquorice, thick and mellow like a syrup. Lots of dried fruits, raisins, nuts, soot, little leathery, chocolate, espresso and much more
    • Finish
      Long and warm, the sweetness is neverending

  2. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    96 points from Serge @ whiskyfun.com

  3. prz22 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    What an incredible whisky!!!! This palate and its layered, diversed balance of niuances is legendary!!

    Shame that nose is so shy and simple comparing to other aspects..
    Still, absolutely one of the Best malts i have ever tasted! Proof that macallan might stand up to its hype...
    • Nose
      93 93
      Shy, sweet, sour, liquor, lots of other details which are hidden too deeply, too closed in sweetness prison. Still, great...
      But...
    • Taste
      99 99
      Omg. This is just unbelievable. Masterpiece poetry of malt. Everything is just perfect here.. words cannot describe it. I choose to remain silent!
    • Finish
      98 98
      Its hard to see when finish starts, its one great piece of art to be experienced. This overhyped and overpriced Macallan created such a miracle..
      This should be possible to taste for everybody..

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The 85 score on the nose will knock the average score down which is unfair because the palate and finish are excellent.
    It is a great shame that Macallan have not made anything line this for at least 25 years
    If it wasn`t for the nose this would be on 95 p average the drops it down to 92.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A powerful and dare I say it prickly nose considering it is only 80 proof.
      From the off this smells old, certainly older than 15 years and the smell of sherry is one of those dark/red fruits mixed fruit jams.
      As the minutes tick by a burnt fruit cake smell emerges, like an overdone scone with burnt currants?
      There is also something meaty, like burnt sausages, weird, never had anything like that before nosing any whisky
      It is a burnt note for sure.
      The jury is out, I will come back to it
      I am not a fan of this nose., burnt cake or burnt meat is the overriding impression I get, probably a burnt fruit cake.
    • Taste
      96 96
      No burnt notes on the palate thankfully just a creamy, fruity, palate.
      There is some spice, dark & red fruits but also a mixed fruit trifle note, there is a sweeter layer coming through, like brioche.
      I cannot fault this., everything about the palate reeks of quality, great balance
    • Finish
      94 94
      Spicy on the finish remaining fruity and a little creamy

  5. StanM scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    There are no more such whiskys and will never be! Masterpiece!

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Best sherried Scotch whisky 1936 vintage onwards, 75 whiskies tasted.

    This whisky was 8th ,out of 75, if the nose had been better it would have been in the top 5.

    Whisky Heaven 96 points average.

    1) Glen Cawdor 1964/1983 43%Duthies for Samaroli 95/96/96 - 96

    Gold Medal Drams 95 Points average

    2) Caperdonich 1966 32 year cask 134 53.1% Signatory 95/95/95 - 95
    *3) Glen Avon 1974 sherry cask 59.9% G&M 94/95/95 - 95
    4) Inchgower 1975 25 year 49.7% cask 9176 Kingsbury 94/95/95 - 95
    5) Strathisla 1967/1986 57% Duthies for Samaroli 94/95/95- 95
    6) Glengoyne 1972 40 year 55.5% Mos 1244 Diamonds 96/95/94 - 95
    7) Inchgower 1965 39 year cask 5423 48.1% Jack Wiebers 95/94/95 – 95
    *8) Macallan 1952 15 year 80 proof Rinaldi Import* 85/96/94 – 92
    But 95 for palate & finish average.
    Note
    The Macallan 1952 probably would have come 2nd if the nose had scored similar to the palate and finish, it would be unfair to push it any further down the pecking order and it was, along with the Glen Cawdor 1964 the only whisky I gave a 96p for the palate. It is where it is because the nose let it down and had a burnt off note I did not like but the taste was lovely.

    Silver Medal Drams 94 Points average

    9) Tobermory 1972 23 year 50% MI De Viris Illlustribus 94/95/94 - 94
    10) Glenfarclas 105 40 year 60%OB 94/95/94 – 94
    11) Glen Mhor 30 year Bar Metro 60.1% 94/95/94 – 94
    12) Dallas Dhu 1982 24 year cask 3739 OB 93/95/94 - 94
    13) Springbank 35 year 46% Millenium OB 93/95/94 - 94
    14) Macallan 1939 70 proof GM OB 93/95/94 - 94
    15) Glenglassaugh 1972 38 year cask 2891 59.1% ob 94/94/95 - 94 19247
    16) Tobermory 1972 OB purple label 32 year 49.5% 94/95/93 – 94
    17) Longmorn 1968 SMWS 7.27 53.8% 93/94/95 - 94
    18) Aberfeldy 19yr manager’s dram 1991 61.3% 94/94/94 - 94
    19) Balblair 1966 38 year 44% ob 94/94/94 - 94
    20) Speyburn 1975 cask 3413 55.4%OB 94/94/94 - 94 41085
    21) Glen Avon 15 year 57% Avonside whisky 93/94/94 – 94
    22) Glen Grant 1964 50 year cask 4462 gm 93/94/94 - 94
    23) Glenlossie 1972 17 year 57.7% Sestante 93/94/94 – 94
    24) Tamnavulin 35 year Forrester cask 3087 52.6% OB 93/94/94 - 94
    25) Blair Athol 21 year moon import the cars 93/94/94 - 94
    26) Talisker 1981 20 year 62% 93/94/94 - 94
    27 )Longmorn 1972 33 year laird bottling 43.7% 93/94/94 -94
    28) Mortlach 14 year 57% sestante 95/93/94 - 94

    Bronze Medal Drams 93 Points average

    29) Balmenach 14 year 1971 57.5% ob sestante 93/94/93 - 93
    30) Glenugie 1967 59.5% sherry wood Sestante 92/94/93 - 93
    31) Talisker 1957 57% GM black label 92/93/94 - 93
    32) Glenfarclas 21 year unblended 51.5% Edward Giaccone 93/94/92 – 93
    33) Jura 1966 30 year 51.6% cask 1868 Signatory 92/93/94 - 93
    34) springbank 1966 58.1% cask 443 LB 95/93/92 - 93
    35) Highland Park 1973 34 year OB cask 6384 46.5% 92/93/93 - 93
    36) Tamdhu 1962 44 year 43% GM 92/93/93 - 93
    37) Millburn 1967 34 year omc 50% 93/92/94 - 93
    38) Laphroaig 1998 20 year cask 700296 54.6 WM 94/92/93 93
    39) Glenrothes 1947 28 year 43% ferrarato OB 94/93/91- 93
    40) Strathisla 1963 48 year 51.8% cask 576 GM 94/92/92 – 93

    92 points average

    41) Talisker 1955 50 year Secret Stills GM 91/93/92 - 92
    42) Bunna 1968 34 year 43.5% OB 93/93/91 – 92
    43) Glengoyne 1969/98 cask 3525 51.6% OB 93/93/91 - 92
    44) Glenlochy 1965 32 year cask 1528 47.9% 92/92/93 - 92
    45) Tomintoul 1966 44 year cask 5261 49.1% JW 93/92/92 - 92
    46) Caperdonich 1972 39 year cask 52.8% TWA 91/92/93 - 92
    47) Pride of Strathspey 1939 43 year gm (Macallan) 95/92/90 - 92
    48) Macallan 1958/59 25 year Anniversary OB 94/92/91 - 92
    49) Glenlossie 1938 43 years 40% GM 93/92/91 - 92
    50) Glenrothes 1966 36 year 51.8% cask 1438 OB 94/91/91 – 92
    51) Avonside 1938 39 year 43% (Glenlivet) GM 94/92/90 - 92

    91 points average

    52) Miltonduff 1966 22 year Pluscarden Valley 58.4% 88/93/93 - 91
    53) Avonside 1938 33 year 43% (Glenlivet) GM 89/93/92 - 91
    54) Glendronach 1972 cask 706 43 year 51.1% 90/92/92 – 91
    55) Glenfarclas 1964 40 year NC 1578 Recheirich 91/92/91 - 91
    56) Strathisla Decanter, Milton Distillery, William Longmire 90/92/91 - 91
    (Very rare whisky, early 1950`s peated Strathisla)
    57) Longmorn 1972 37 year 51.3% TWA 92/91/91 -91
    58) Highland Park 1960 dumpy 17 year 43% OB Ferraretto 92/91/90 - 91
    59) Glenrothes 1972 29 year Restricted Release 43% OB 90/91/91 - 91
    60) Aberlour 1964 25 year 43% OB 93/90/91 – 91
    61) Bowmore 1956 43% OB, pure islay malt seagull label 94/90/88 – 91
    62) Macphail’s 1938 Dram Taker’s 40% GM 92/92/89 – 91
    63) Bowmore 1970 34 year cask 4689 56.6% 92/91/89 – 91

    90 points average

    64) Old Speyside 1966 40 year 45.6% Taste Still 87/92/91 - 90
    65) Strathisla 1937 37 year 40% 70 proof GM 90/91/89 – 90
    66) Highland Park dumpy 19 year 43% OB Ferraretto Imp 91/90/89 – 90
    67) Benriach 1984 28 year 50.2% cask 1050 OB 89/89/91 - 90

    89 points average & under

    68) Auchentoshan 1970 21 year 43% ob, sherry 93/87/88 - 89
    69) Longmorn 1972 39 year 45% LMDW 93/88/87 - 89
    70) Macallan 1962 25 year anniversary OB 43% 89/88/88 - 88
    71) Glen Grant 1936 decanter 50 year gm 85/89/88 - 87
    72) Ben Nevis 1967 41 year, cask 1281 49.4% 87/85/91 – 87
    73) Glen Grant 1953 58 year 47.9% GM 85/83/82 – 83
    74) Glenlossie 1975 44 year cask 2907 GM 86/65/70 – 73

    Tried right at the end Bonus Dram Daftmill cask 029/2009 sherry 61.1%
    91-92 points average

  7. zzfranci scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Macallan I've drank ... Top!

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Toffee liquorice dark fruits, a brilliant MacAllan, interesting to see how the style has changed over the years

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 98 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      99 99
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      98 98

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 98 points Photo Moderator

    Full body sherry with the famous sweetness. Just fantastic!

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