Macallan 1979

Overall rating
93.66/100
votes
237
Whiskybase ID
WB3813
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

€ 8008.03

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237 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Macallan 1979

13 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.66 points.

  1. whiskytornado scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  2. JeromeParis scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    Wow, I had 2 bottles and decided to open 1 and keep the other to sell later... I am amazed but the dried fruits, raisins, dates and prunes that come first. Also in the background you can feel the spices especially cinnamon and ginger with a little bit of black pepper. Then comes the dark chocolate as well as hints of red fruits and vanilla. Just incredible.

  3. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Sherry, citrus
    • Taste
      Cherry
    • Finish
      Chocolate

  4. zzqfyl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  5. JCTang scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Macallan Gran Reserva 18YO 1979-1997, 40%. Color: dark amber; smell: massive nosing, not like 40 degrees. Very sweet, it is simply too sweet. Mainly demerara sugar, a lot of sour plum (slightly sour, main sweet) jam, raisins, stewed pears and ripe peaches, milk chocolate, toffee, etc., and a balanced agarwood aroma, and a hint of tobacco (combined with the former) It becomes a cigar box?) and a bit of smoke, 95 points; tasting: very round wine body, more powerful, but unfortunately the degree of reduction is too strong, and it loses a little vitality. The overall profile is very similar to the smell. Ripe fruits and dried fruits (good things like figs, dried prunes, chocolate, etc.) have no tannin and woody feeling at all. It’s so good, it’s really moisturizing and sweet, 94 points; aftertaste: lasts a long time, raisins, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, 93 points; 20220102

  6. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Bottle newly opened by buddy John on New Year's Eve Dec 31, 2021. Not super duper outrageously fruity like the best Macallans (stuff from the 60's?) can be, but this is supremely delicious. Nose, mouthfeel, and taste are great. I just wish this was bottled at 43% at least, which one may not think is significantly higher than 40% but the few extra percentage points do impart a better, more exciting palate and finish. You almost feel a bit cheated that they decided to bottle this at the bare minimum of 40%, especially considering the price this bottle is selling for nowadays.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo 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
      94 94
      Bold and heavy sherry note, meaty, Parma ham, balsamico, even a little bit grassy, espresso, little toffee - Great!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Thick, oily, BBQ spare ribs, fruity, prunes, double espresso, subtle sweetness, big sherry and oak, spicy, cloves, lot of menthol
    • Finish
      93 93
      Medium long, warm, rather smooth and toffee in the end

  10. zby0001 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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€

  13. 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.

  14. 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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