Macallan 1974 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
21 years old
53.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Import Rossi&Rossi
Added on
03 jun 2011 9:15 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1896.99

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53 × member ratings

17 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Macallan 1974 CA

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.82 points.

  1. malthead scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  2. zzfranci scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Perfect Macallan to the old style!

  3. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This is so good, it becomes almost boring. And annoying. Because you know, why can't I always drink whisky like this? :P
    • Nose
      Well fuck me. What's there to say? Classic old sherried character. Not overwhelming, but a sherry bomb nonetheless. Brown sugar, dusty old books, polished leather and very important (to me at least), a nice touch of soy. Some slightly sour red grapes, accompanied by dates and raisins, as well as milk chocolate and marzipan.
    • Taste
      Some nice sweet cherry syrup. Syrup-y mouthfeel as well, very juicy. More brown sugar, prunes and armagnac. Blackberry jam, as well pralines. Add to that some mocha and latte macchiato. Slightly drying and a hint of menthol there as well.
    • Finish
      More of the same. Long and dry.

  5. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It’s excellent and it’s totally different then something else I have tasted in the past years. It’s amazing how the flavour profile changes with water. The fruit is released and the overly active sherry profile disappears. But that’s where Macallan is famous for, the sherry influence. I get fruity flavours and I like it, it’s not just the sherry that is outstanding. What a great whisky. 
    • Nose
      Wow…. old library, dried fruits (dades, raisins) and dark fruits. Dustiness, it’s not giving all it’s secrets. It’s interesting, it smells great but I am missing a lot of the potential. Even with a lot of time it’s still well integrated. The sherry speaks… With water: Now this is way better for me, it releases more of the fruitiness but still covered in saw dust. Sweet fruits dripped in honey and vanilla. But all very well balanced, nothing stands out it al works well together. Almonds. 
    • Taste
      Very juicy fruit, but so integrated. It’s all there, nice sweet fruits, brown sugar, nuttiness.. flower honey not the very sweet and sugary one but the “organic”
    • Finish
      Long, nuttiness, burned butter, oranges, honey and a bitternes that I link with some burnt nuts / roasted chestnuts. Some dried raisins on the background. 

  6. squaadgras scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Lovely old Macallan. Sherry maturation with mild influences of dried fruit, leaving space for the distillery character with honeyed malt and mild influence of sulfur (meaty character).
    • Nose
      Delicous soft sherry notes, with leather, polished furniture, orange, date, sultanas, prune, dunnage warehouse, a faint hint of fireworks (nice) honeyed cereal and brown sugar. The nose suuggests a moderate influence of the sherry cask, without the sour-ish oxidised Oloroso edge. 
    • Taste
      Old dried fruit and blood orange, relatively sweet. Still it's not only fruit: dunnage warehouse plays the second fiddle. It's this musty, but pleasant taste, adding a little beefy (and salty) character. Towads the end, soft spice, and a mild bitterness of ginger arrive. 
    • Finish
      Medium, on the dried fruit, fireworks, leather, dunnage warehouse, and an increaesed bitter edge of pepper and ginger. 


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