Nose: neat: sweet with chocolate notes, but not as strong as I was expecting, very fruity (to me pineapple is the most identifiable), some leather lotes as well. Everything is balanced, nothing hits you hard. with water: not much changed
Taste: neat: fruity, spicy, some sugary sweetness but not as much as expected from the nose. also "hotter" than the 40% abv. with water: as with the nose, water doesn't really improve it, but I'll say it brings up the spicy character a little bit forward.
Finish: some wood adstringency, but balanced by some sweetness, also some spice notes, overall finish is dry and kinda short. with water: nothing changed...
Comments: it's only my second Macallan (first one being the 12 Fine Oak, but I have a sample of an epic one in storage!!!). It's a good whisky, it's balanced, but nothing really pops. With brands like Macallan you always have high expectations. This is good but not great. Or rather, nose is great, taste is good. Still, if you see it for a reasonable price, I can tell you straight up I find it better than a Fine Oak 12, and well worth your time!
MY SCORE: Recommended +