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!
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.
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.
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.