Macallan Rich Cacao

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Harmony Collection
Sherry seasoned European and American Oak
44.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml 750 ml
First Release
Added on
17 Oct 2021 4:53 pm

Average value

€ 449.23

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177 × member ratings

3020 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan Rich Cacao

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.94 points

  1. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Better than many other Macallans, but not worth the outrageous secondary market prices called out.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Maybe there is a hint of cocoa in this if you really try to convince yourself, a bit watery, alcohol not very well integrated must have spent quite a short time in the wood or maybe the wood wasn’t very active, some expected sherry notes as in dark fruits and sweet spices, boring

  3. Eule9114 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    All these high ratings are a joke and are just to push prices.
    This whisky is bad. There is nothing to discuss. Even a Glendronach 12y is better than this. Macallan is laughing silently about all the people that buy these whiskys on the secondary market.
    Single Casks are really great but in the last couple of months/years every NAS Macallan is just bad....

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 79 points Photo Moderator

    Seriously? The quality is going down with new Macallans but not the prices.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Very vinous, sultanas, rum soaked cherries, little butterscotch, hints of rubber and leather, spices, nuts
    • Taste
      79 79
      Oily, subtle sweetness, spices, pepper, little vanilla, raisins, sultanas, honey, leathery notes, even a bit sulphury, cocoa
    • Finish
      77 77
      Medium long, warm, spicy, raisins, leathery, flat sulphury, tad bitter

  5. FCBayernMuenchen1900 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Is this whisky ever gonna become available from the distillery directly again ? An absolute joke. Is Macallan just surviving because they have such a famous name ? They used to produce very good whisky such as the Edition series. Then they tried to repeat this with the Concept series which you could not compare to the high quality of the Edition series. Now the first edition of a new Series is not even available at a normal price any more and does not seem to be good quality. The problem of Macallan is that they are pushing marketing and spending a lot of money there just trying to maintain their legend instead of investing in good casks and producing good whisky like Glenallachie for example. Seems like they have to make money to pay for the newly built fancy hobbit distillery. Very sad but true.

  6. TheNose scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Disappointing and crazy prices!
    Is it a bad whisky, no. Is it a good whisky also, no.
    As mentioned by others it is flat and watery. For rich cacao you really need a very big imagination. It would make an okay daily dram for around 50 euro's.

  7. Isabell scored this whisky 77 points Member Junior

    Does Macallan now completely suffer from aberrations in taste ?! Perhaps the marketing community there also believes that the end consumer can simply buy anything for 200 EUR if only the name “Macallan” is on the bottle. I'm pretty upset. This bottle is, in my humble opinion, not even worth a third of the price. Only the name cannot forever replace the quality, at some point the end user will give the receipt - sooner or later.
    • Nose
      76 76
      Maybe an idea from cocoa. Minimal fruitiness, musty, artificial, effervescent tablets, some leather.
    • Taste
      77 77
      Strongly alcoholic, oily, pepper, honey, subtly fruity, slight bitterness, some citrus peel, where is the cocoa?
    • Finish
      77 77
      Which finish? Very short finish, distinct barrel spiciness, a little honey and orange peel, disappointing.

  8. DT0829 scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    I am very disappointed with this one, not well integrated and nothing special except unbalance flavor. Of course, you can hypnotize yourself to find out the cocoa flavor. Very watery. I won't pay more than 49.9Euro to get another one for drinking. Leave it for the investor.

  9. krtek911 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    It's not the best Macallan I've tried, but it's really tasty! Unfortunately, I only bought 2 bottles at the beginning. I don't understand exorbitant prices, it's a great drink, but I wouldn't give a thousand pounds for it on the secondary market ...
    • Nose
      91 91
      Great delicate scent.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very pleasant taste, you really feel different tastes. I like these flavors.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Chocolate and a pleasant feeling ... I'm enjoying an evening at the movie.

  10. thijs100 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A decent single malt.
    • Nose
      Opens up on hot chocolate, slivers of orange zest as well as a whiff of honey and muscovado sugar. There's also some gingerbread, sandalwood and just the quietest whisper of coffee grounds and copper coins.
    • Taste
      Plenty of nutmeg and cloves, with a touches of raisins, cocoa powder and dates, but also plenty of charred oak. Finally some marzipan and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Lingering wood spices with a touch of honey and cocoa butter, with finally some orchard fruits.


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