Macallan 1959

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rinaldi Import
Matured in Sherry Wood
80 (proof)
750 ml
Bottled for
by Campbell, Hope & King, Elgin
Italy Italy
Added on
05 aug 2010 5:48 pm

Average value

€ 6676.13

17 × in wishlist

44 × member ratings

32 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Macallan 1959

6 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.33 points.

  1. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Completely overwhelming.

    Macallan prototype.

    Most pleasant no matter the mood you are in - you have no chance when you sip it.

    Centered and the most subtle complexity.

    Single dram note with Armin Fuchs.
    • Nose
      Oldest and clear Sherry casks, old and universal blood orange juice, cherry jam with a splash of old rum, warm plums filled with a sugar cube (dumpling), old and ripe and rich throughout, lemon milk ice cream, raisins, highly complex, scouring powder, brandy beans, dark chocolate dripping on a dirty workshop floor, needle extracts, wood barks, forest cottage, resin, leather shoe with leather sole, strong concentrated washing-up liquid with spices, liquorice drops, some brine as well, dark quince jelly with vanilla bean ...

    • Taste
      resin, fiery, needle extracts mixed with the most noble Sherry, best Sherry casks, old old citrus and and and ....

      Simply put: Really everything but even with more intensity!
    • Finish
      Best old Sherry cask with marmalade, resin and caramel at the same time - interwoven with tart citrus and scouring milk, again pine needle extract.

      All the spectrum in all directions at the same time ... 

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  3. Kengin10 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Actually no words. Smell from a distance already right there, as if your name is being called. The taste, so full and dried fruit, spicy ... small pepper. Unbelievable. Aftertaste remains. What an experience.

  4. leesehee scored this whisky 95 points Newbie


  5. GLEN MAUR did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting note by Serge Valentin

    Macallan 1959 (80°proof, OB, Campbell Hope & King for Rinaldi, Italy, +/-1973) Five stars Colour: amber. Nose: oh my! Let’s keep this short. Sumptuous sherry, rich, fragrant… Orange blossom, quince jelly, sultanas, old Sauternes, cured ham, pipe tobacco, wet earth, old books, various herbal teas, toffee and spearmint. Utterly fabulous nose, the style that defined ‘The Macallan’ as it used to be. Mouth: glorious attack, just like if you bit into a slice of Christmas cake (or Alsatian berawecka). Thousands of dried fruits, chocolate, marzipan, jams, soft spices, old cognac (eh?)… and an avalanche of tinier flavours of the ‘chocolate-coffee’ universe. Brilliant. Finish: long, coating, creamy and jammy but not heavy, mainly thanks to the fairly spicy aftertaste. Comments: what can I say? This defines authentic sherry-matured malt whisky. Only a slight roughness at times will prevent me from scoring it even higher. SGP:562 - 93 points.

  6. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 1.610 € at Whiskyauction in March 2016

  7. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    What a pleasure to taste this wonderful work of art!

    One sure can make 'other' Fine Spirits but not 'better' ones!

    Categories loose their meaning here …

    With this dram 'Jazz in Baggies' (FineSpirits_butler1 & me)

    celebrated their visit of Japan in March/April 2015.

    Thank you, Thomas - and thank you, Macallan!
    • Nose
      … just remind everything you wish from a great Sherry matured Single Malt - you get it!

      … and more … and more … and more …

      But over all stands a harmony, a complexity, a unity that makes you stop thinking …

      A never ending nose, it seems!
    • Taste
      And now:

      all (!) you found in the nose you will find in the taste -

      just more intense, more defined, more satisfying - if that's possible!
    • Finish

      all you found and enjoyed until now sustains through the whole finish!

      All together at the same time!

  8. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

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

  9. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    One of the greatest Whiskies I had the chance to try yet.

    Wondering if a dram can taste better than this one.


    Armin Fuchs and me found this golden dram in a nice pub in Tokyo during our stay in spring 2015.
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      97 97


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