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Macallan 1979

Overall rating
93.51/100
votes
235
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Gran Reserva
Vintage
1979
Bottled
1997
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Sherry
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010314007508
Added on
23 Sep 2008 3:17 pm

Average value

€ 4756.04

39 × in wishlist

235 × member ratings

252 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1979

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.51 points

  1. MIKEDOGG scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Dirty old moldy musty nutty rustic fruits.
    Coffee and espresso covered dark raspberry jam with old furniture and oak and books in the background. Clean leather.
    The way they used to make paxorette-laden real Spanish sherry casks.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    One of the heaviest Macallans so far - not in terms of abv but in terms of sherry notes - I mean you can almost cut it!
    • Nose
      Bold and heavy sherry note, meaty, Parma ham, balsamico, even a little bit grassy, espresso, little toffee - Great!
    • Taste
      Thick, oily, BBQ spare ribs, fruity, prunes, double espresso, just little sweetness, big sherry and oak, spicy, cloves
    • Finish
      Medium short, rather smooth and toffee in the end

  3. Allandale scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A big oily body.
    • Nose
      Rich sherry at first. Then malty nuttiness. Raisins, dates. Finally floweriness.
    • Taste
      Very dry. Thick-out, bitter orange and ginger marmalade on well done toast. Then buttery,syrupy maltiness. Nutty  sherry sweetness.
    • Finish
      Rich and fruity. Raisiny. Warming.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. zby0001 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Macallan 18 yo 1979/1997 'Gran Reserva'
    (40%, OB)
    The old hyper-sherried version of
    the popular 18yo. I didn’t like
    the 1980 too much but I’ve heard
    this 1979 is much superior. Colour:
    dark mahogany. Nose: yes, this is
    extremely different from any other
    Macallan. Starts on heady notes of
    mulled wine, cloves, big juniper berries,
    spearmint and coffee toffee and gets
    then more classically sherried, with
    the dark chocolate upfront and then
    notes of soy sauce, balsamico and
    barbecued beef. Also cigar box, thuja
    wood and very ripe blackberries. What’s
    quite incredible is that the whole
    is still quite fresh and lively, and
    certainly not sluggish. I like it.
    Mouth: thick, oily, rich, not weak
    at all despite the 40%, and more of
    a classic now. Heavy notes of rum-soaked
    raisins, figs, old rancio (huge!)
    and orange and herbs liqueur (like
    that famous Dantziger Goldwasser).
    Gets then spicier, mainly on cloves
    and pepper, with very funny hints
    of mescal as well. Excellent, really.
    Finish: long, coating, rich but clean
    and pure, with a faint saltiness as
    the signature and an aftertaste on
    blackberry jelly. Excellent sherried
    Macallan, certainly not on the same
    planet as its bros from 1980 and later.
    SGP:742 (wazzat?)
    - 91 points.whiskyfun.com

  7. Ras Mazunga scored this whisky 91 points Super Administrator

    Lots of plums, tabacco, cigar boxes. Macallan can be recognised here because it's a bit thin.

  8. getz scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    the old hyper-sherried version of the popular 18yo. 

    Colour: dark mahogany.

    Nose: yes, this is extremely different from any other Macallan. Starts on heady notes of mulled wine, cloves, big juniper berries, spearmint and coffee toffee and gets then more classically sherried, with the dark chocolate upfront and then notes of soy sauce, balsamico and barbecued beef. Also cigar box, thuja wood and very ripe blackberries. Whatâ€

  9. getz scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    A truly classic sherried Macallan, this 1979 is regarded as the best of the highly-sought-after Gran Reserva series released in the 1990s to showcase the extreme end of sherried whisky from the distillery. Scoring 91 points on Serge Valentin`s whiskyfun.com, this is one of the landmark Macallan releases of the last twenty years.

  10. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "A truly classic sherried Macallan, this 1979 is regarded as the best of

    the highly-sought-after Gran Reserva series released in the 1990s to

    showcase the extreme end of sherried whisky from the distillery.

    Scoring 91 points on Serge Valentin`s whiskyfun.com, this is one of the

    landmark Macallan releases of the last twenty years."
    TWE

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