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Overall rating
88.71/100
votes
9
Whiskybase ID
WB38368
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Original Collection
Vintage
1987
Bottled
02.2005
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Sherry Wood
Number of bottles
630
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
SD764
Added on
05 Dec 2012 7:55 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 225.00

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9 × member ratings

18 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1987 CA

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.71 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    It gives you everything you'd want from a middle aged, sherry matured whisky. Not much too fault here. Not even the unexpected Ben Nevis-esque whispers distract from the fact that this is a high-quality whisky.
    • Nose
      There's a thin veneer of copper coins. A sort of metallic sourness that I usually expect in a Ben Nevis, although it is less dominant in this Macallan and disappears after a little while. There is also plenty of sherried goodness. Not extremely exuberant, but still a fair amount of chocolate, cocoa powder and rum soaked raisins. Oranges make an appearance too, as well as a whisper of aniseed.
    • Taste
      More pronounced sherry influence here. Lots of cocoa, cherry syrup, blackcurrants, raisins and a nice pinch of cinnamon, accompanied by cloves as well. There's some damp wood here too, and even a hint of balsamic.
    • Finish
      Somewhat spicy, before returning to a more earthy, chocolaty finale.

  2. Macheye scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very solid indy Macallan with a great arrival and an excellent balanced finish. 17 years in cask seems to have been just right for this liquid – the interplay between spirit and wood is spot on for my liking. It’s not the most complex of animals out there, but all the individual flavour components work very well with each other. Being bottled in 2005 means this is long sold out alas – but I’ve seen a few at auction (that’s where I obtained mine a while back). If you can find this for a fair price then it’s certainly one to consider taking a punt on. 

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/macallan/macallan-1987-17-year-old-sherry-wood/
    • Nose
      Deep and substantive. An immediate waft of chocolate, cocoa nibs and rum soaked raisins sends us on our journey into rich sherry territory. Lighter notes of caramelised orange segments and cherries provide an uplift before we hit the aromas of cask influence – light polish, old books, cinnamon and sandalwood. There’s some sourness here and a real meaty dimension – akin to a rich reduced gravy.
    • Taste
      A wonderful vivid arrival with all the Christmas cake goodness you’d expect. Dark rum, chocolate and a healthy dash of black pepper and cinnamon. Festive stuff. On the back of the palate the sourness remains, and sits alongside an earthy quality which is with all its moist woody soil comes across as quite dunnage warehouse.
    • Finish
      Long and combining both sweet and sour with a lick of bitterness and sea salt.

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