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Macallan 30-year-old

Overall rating
93.33/100
votes
3
Whiskybase ID
WB181461
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Annual 2020 Release
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Sherry Oak
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314013202
Added on
15 Apr 2021 11:12 am by saasiek

Average value

€ 6083.75

5 × in wishlist

3 × member ratings

7 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 30-year-old

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.33 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    First tasting note for this bottle, at this price it is no wonder.
    No 7 in a H2H.
    This is a nice whisky with good balance but £5000 a bottle you would need your head looking at if you think a whisky like this is worth that sort of money.
    As a drinkers it is worth far far less than that perhaps £500
    Anywhere between 90-93 points for me, if you do not take the price into account.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Rich and slightly smokey at first.
      Very subtle and faint smoke with Uber Rich dark fruit like blackcurrant, blackberry, damson jam with some Rivera eye crackers note in the mix, sounds a bit strange but it works.
      Going back to it there is some marmalade in the frame.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very rich as you would expect, good balance with a nice mix of fruit, spice and sherry.
      There is a nice breakfast marmalade note, mixing with red plum and a faint hint of black cherry.
      Balance is very good, no wood to speak of which is a big plus.
      Going back to the empty glass it smells even better.
    • Finish
      91 91
      remaining composed and spicy staying juicy until the end just loosing a little sweetness

  2. R_shen scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

    Color: Amber

    Nose: jam, chestnut, cream chocolate, wood spices, cranberry, citrus, sweet cake, completely beyond the nose of "spirit"

    Mouth: rich cream, preserved fruit, chocolate, grape juice, citrus juice, cranberry dried fruit, followed by plenty of nut oil, some mint, leather and woody spices and coffee

    Finish: spices, grape seeds, oil sense, lasting

    Comment: gorgeous, implement "easy to drink"

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Macallan OB X 7,1947 onwards 12-30 years + Crabbie 30 year

    Tasted in this order, scores for nose/palate/finish

    12 year 40% sherry oak +/- 2018 - 83/85/83 - 6th
    12 year 43% matured in sherry wood 1990’s - 84/83/82 - 7th
    15 year 1947 80 proof sherry wood Rinaldi - 94/95/93 - clear winner
    15 year 1955 80 proof sherry wood Rinaldi - 92/93/91 - runner up
    18 year 1972 43% sherry cask - 92/92/91 - joint 3rd
    25 year bottled 2011 43% sherry oak - 90/91/92 - 4th
    30 year bottled 2020 43% sherry oak - 92/92/91 - joint 3rd
    30 year Crabbie IB 48.6% Refil oloroso sherry butt - 88/91/89 - 5th

    For some unknown reason to me Macallan still are regarded as possibly the best whisky brand in the world yet in my humble opinion they have produced very little of note in the last 15-20 years.
    Their reputation of the older bottlings is well deserved as it tasted superb and ticked all the boxes of any whisky enthusiast but the more recent stuff is a pale, bland and at times pretty tasteless and bears no resemblance to the old stuff and then you have the premium stuff now like the 30 year that is £5000?
    That sort of price tag is an insult to me and should be for anyone else who knows anything about what a good whisky tastes like,the sample I got cost a bomb but I really wanted it for the h2h.

    Regarding the tasting the new 12 year was pretty much where i thought it would be at around 84 points but the older 12 year i was expecting it to be so much better but alas it wasn’t and bear in mind at auction you can pay over £700 for that one litre bottle.
    The 1947 was a work of art and the best here, the 1955 was not far behind, the 1972, was much better than the last time I had and up a few points as was the 25 year which I have always had a downer on, tasting my last sample it was up 4 points higher and more enjoyable.
    I have to admit the 30 year OB was good but comparing it to a £500 whisky like the Benromach 35 year OB the Benromach is better in taste and obviously value for money.
    Finally the Crabbie surprised me as it was better than expected and not that far behind the 30 year OB bearing in mind it was a refill cask

    I am not a fan of later stuff but the old stuff is excellent and often worthy of high status as this H2H proved,but not always mind I only scored the 1954 OB 80 proof 85 points and that was being generous.

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