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Macallan 1951

Overall rating
95.88/100
votes
29
Whiskybase ID
WB17647
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1951
Bottled
2001
Calculated age
49 years old
Casktype
Matured only in Sherry Wood
Number of bottles
632
Strength
48.8 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
05 Aug 2010 5:53 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 29114.91

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1951

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.88 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Of course my expectations were very high and have been met partially - on the one hand it is a really complex and mature bottling, quite balanced, fruity, with enough punch left for its age (50yo!), on the other hand and for obvious reasons, it is already very much into the oak wood and the finish is not as long as I would expect it. That said, still high end and upper class but not absolutely top class. Overall still very enjoyable and excellent!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Cooked pears with caramel topping, also some belle helene (chocolate sauce instead), apricot jam, vanilla, acacia honey, some dried fruits, plums, toffee, milk chocolate, spices, nutmeg, little cinnamon, cloves, little menthol, old wooden cabinet, sherry wood, whiffs of leather - excellent!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Oily, creamy, little liquorice, subtle sweetness, toffee, dried fruits, apricot, hints of vanilla, hints of cooked oranges, milk chocolate, sherry wood, little oak spice, hints of fruit cake, tobacco, cloves, little nutmeg and cinnamon - great!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Medium long, warm, woody, spicy, little tannic, not drying, hints of menthol, chocolate, toffee, cooked fruits, orange zest, hints of old books, little OBE, hints of black tea - very good!

  2. MaltMinute scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Literally a perfect palate with a nose that is merely "exceptional". Will need to see about revisiting this someday, should the funds for such an excursion ever become available again.

    Amazing old-style Macallan, though. Extremely chocolatey fudge and dark fruits on the nose, like the highest quality coffee in existence. Plus aromas of burning lamp oil and freshly baked cinnamon babka. Incredibly viscous palate of milk chocolate, hazelnut butter, blood orange peels, and herbal oak. Incredible chewiness on the palate and super oily, the finish doesn't finish. One of the best Macallans I've tried, but I think I preferred a couple of the '50s vintage Rinaldi imports by a smidge.

    Fantastic stuff though! Sorely wish that Macallan could produce whisky similar to this style in their core range again.

  3. Allandale scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A silky body.
    • Nose
      Creamy, chocolaty, spicy.
    • Taste
      Malt background like rich dark fudge. Almost immediately sherbety explosions of fruity and spicy flavours.
    • Finish
      Very distinctive in the interplay of sweet spiciness and oaky dryness. Very lively and appetizing.

  4. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Best Macallan nose I've ever had. Insanely intense. An absolute dream of a sherry man.
    Tasted on 10.11.2017 (Wetzlar)

  5. GLEN MAUR did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    The nose is rich and warming, there are notes of winter spice; cinnamon and cloves and espresso beans. Hints of sherried sultanas and aniseed with a thick oaken, over-ripe pear creeps in. The palate is thick and full. There are notes of rubber and heather roots, ash and winter spice with fruitcake and a gentle, chewy peat. The finish is long and dry with smoke and barley sugar.

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