Macallan 1998 GM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
22 years old
2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
51.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 jan 2021 3:51 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 777.00

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Whisky reviews for Macallan 1998 GM

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.73 points.

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    probably the best EX BC Mac I'll ever drink - no comparison to the lousy OA of the last few years - top whisky and I'm more of an anti-fanboi - except for 1960s OAs :)
    • Nose
      93 93
      The most delicious, flawless tropical fruit cocktail - partly crystalline citrus notes, a touch of delicious oak, sweet dessert note - with more time, gets a great floral-crystalline touch of polished oak that I only know from much older malts
    • Taste
      93 93
      fine citrus notes, yellow melon, fine polished wood, coconut cream dessert, freshly sawn, light green oak boards - creamy, lively and powerfully pulsating and always elegant - if you chew it for longer - there is a lot more oak, the fruity notes emerge easily Background - but also here delicious bitter substances in connection with sweet dessert and blooming mountain meadow herbs
    • Finish
      92 92
      dried mango, flambéed ripe pineapple, Mediterranean spices - slightly herbal peppery - very spicy for such an elegant malt

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  3. MartinSchmartin scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    An incredibly good whisky with an absolutely fantastic finish. My olfactory memory is not the best - when I taste whiskys again after a while, the notes I made are usually correct. But without drinking it, I can't recall the taste unless I've drunk the malt quite a few times. Why am I telling this? Because I only have a 4cl sample of this one and I hope I can remember the smell and taste. hammer good.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Vanilla, biscuit dough, pear, elderberry syrup, ripe banana, floral notes like in the greenhouse, sweet pineapple or papaya, vegetable broth (without the salt), waxy, later some oak spice and green apple. The overall smell is very intense, almost overwhelming.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Bit tent in the mouth, then a bit woody, then sweet, sugary and gently fruity for a long time, maybe the papaya from the nose again, then it becomes a bit peppery and spicy and the focus goes to the most delicate wood notes, which become stronger and stronger until the finish.
    • Finish
      94 94
      A little more bitterness comes to the fore. The Bounty chocolate bar with chocolate and sweetened grated coconut. Something that unfortunately I can only describe as sounding less delicious than it is: steamed Brussels sprouts, paired with a mild sweetness and slightly nutty appeal because of the slight bitterness. At the end there is delicious bourbon vanilla. The finish with vanilla doesn't stop at all. After the sip, I quickly packed a Christmas present and then realized: you can still taste this hotshot!

  4. besar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Macallan Speymalt GM 1998-2020 especially for the German market. A bottling of which there are only 115 bottles can still convince me as a not exactly designated bourbon barrel whisky fan. Nosing is a dream when given time to breathe. On the palate, the Mac with more complexity and also spicier aromas can have a multifaceted taste profile that is not too boring, but not too demanding. The alcohol is always well integrated and there are no missing notes. All around a successful bottling, which is the barrel strength very well. A point that I have to fault most of the other Macallans. No matter if Macallan 12, 15, or 18, the new NAS bottlings or all the marketing errors with their 40% or 43%. Of all these, only the 18 sherry could convince me to some extent. This one has its very own character and stands out from the Macallan mainstream. Unfortunately, most of them didn't get hold of any of them. In any case, a successful bottling for me, even if I don't like whisky matured in bourbon casks. Nevertheless, I gave a generous 90 points today. Slaintè!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The color of light golden amber. The Macallan 1998 GM lies oily in the nosing glass. At first, the alcohol with its 51.9% is quite present in the nose and cools, but after a few moments it goes away and then the Macallan can no longer keep its origin from an ex-bourbon barrel a secret. A massive load of honey and vanilla flavors makes its way up your nose, followed by pineapple, oranges, sugar candy, beeswax and a hint of toffee and marzipan. Overall a very sweet and fruity nosing. A few drops of water cause light, subtle wood notes to open up and make the fruity nose a little more complex. If you smell it very closely, you can begin to guess the aforementioned "glue note" that many bourbon are said to be.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The 51.9% are very pleasant on the tongue, the alcohol is very well integrated and nothing stings. The nosing continues skillfully on the palate. At the beginning, the sweet notes of vanilla and honey dominate again. But after some chewing, the Macallan becomes spicier on the tongue. A slight inquer / pepper note exudes a slightly "sharp" counterpoint to the sweetness. With the second sip, you can now also hear slightly bitter notes, spice and sweetness deliver a passionate battle for dominance on the palate. Everything is very well balanced, no missing notes, victory on the palate just goes to the spicy protagonists.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is long and warm. A very pleasant feeling of well-being remains in the mouth. The flow of saliva is still in action, but it is decreasing so that the palate is slowly becoming drier. The sweet notes of vanilla and honey are literally sticking to the tip of the tongue, while further back and on the cheeks the more spicy aromas can be found, with the ginger coming to the fore again and the “glue note” recalling itself. Slowly, very slowly, the mouthfeel evaporates and the realization remains that Macallan is not only good at sherry.


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