Macallan 1979

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Sherry Wood
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
us United States
Added on
29 Jun 2011 12:43 pm

Average value

€ 3348.33

3 × in wishlist

11 × member ratings

21 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1979

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.75 points

  1. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. Noface83 scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    Beautiful multi-layered and harmonious sherry whisky. He is sweeter (or less spicy) than the nose suggests. A true splendor with a very long aromatic finish. It's a pity that Macallan can not do that today.
    • Nose
      Lots of sherry, softcake (with orange filling and covered with dark chocolate), dark forest fruits, raisins, very sweet and deep with a beautiful fresh oak (freshly glazed wood) as a counterpoint
    • Taste
      Full and slightly tingling, first only a lot of sweetness and dates and raisins, the wood and the spice is still there, it gets more bitter
    • Finish
      Full tube of sherry, oak and coffee notes, more sweet and aromatic than bitter, very long finish

  3. Noface83 scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Wow. Here, too, Macallan is again a brilliant whisky succeeded.
    Complex, fruity and intense. Significantly more direct than the 1978 vintage. A little less fruity, but more intense spicy. The oak seems a bit more dominant to me.
    • Nose
      As with the 1978er: Direct meets a full (sherry) fruitiness on the nose and let the water flow. Typical macallan: Pickled strawberries, forest fruit (tea), dark grapes and vanilla, all caramelized with brown sugar. A fine crème brûlée touch. Unlike the 1978s, however, the grapes here tend more strongly to raisins. Overall, the 1979 is more in the direction of dry fruit. Overall, less sweet and wilder. Behind it orange peel and ginger, but noticeably less than the previous. The whole thing is rounded off with some tobacco in a leather case and oak. Somehow I have in mind here associations of wood stain.
      With a little water, the fruity notes and the caramel strengthen.
    • Taste
      Full and full in the start. More powerful than the 1978s. Dried fruit and orange, pickled strawberry and strong caramel. This is followed by a torrent of spicy tobacco, a hint of pepper and oak, which take the palate. The whole thing turns into dark chocolate, which encases pickled raisins.
    • Finish
      Long and warm with oak and notes of raisins and coffee.


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