Macallan 1971 Sa

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Samaroli (Sa)
Sherry Wood
16 / 17
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 dec 2012 10:03 pm

Average value

€ 943.00

25 × in wishlist

27 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Macallan 1971 Sa

6 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.64 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2021] It was quite a long time ago that I had a "real" Macallan - and "real" refers to the style of malt which was crafted in the old and now silent distillery before they build a second and third modern still house and after that a huge completely computerised "spacey" distillery which all produced very different styles (compared to that which made Macallan so great)...

    ...and to be honest, this "real" style is the one and only I really enjoy when it comes down to Macallan. This is an extremely quaffable dram (if you can forget the actual price tag for a moment) but it is not the greatest Macallan I tasted so far. As a drinker I rather leave this for collectors and investors and go for other ("real") Macallan releases.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is auburn and the nose offers a sensational old style sherry profile with the malt aromas almost on par - which creates a textbook balanced sherried malt. The wood is perfect as a backbone but never tires to dominate. Great stuff to sniff, even if the complexity is a little limited compared to other excellent old sherried malts.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is perfectly balanced too with the holy whisky trinity of malt, sherry and wood in great harmony. No flaw or off-note that I can find but a lot of delicious flavours. The layers are not clearly separated which limits somewhat the investigation results but it is extremely quaffable, no doubt.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate but the mouthfeel is not the greatest, to be honest. The finish is medium to long and adds some more spicy-bitter wooden notes without distracting moments. Water is not needed.

  2. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur


  3. StanM scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Perfectly balanced whisky from those years. Silvano Samaroli old school.

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Typical 60s70s MacAllan with a hint of smoke, brilliant!

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    Actually a really great whisky. I think this one is probably much underestimated.
    • Nose
      Sweet sherry and toffee, dried fruits, plums, wood notes, coffee, surprising touches of smoke
    • Taste
      Smooth and balanced, some sherry wood notes, subtle sweetness, some toffee and chocolate notes, dried fruits, actually quite peaty and smoky for a Macallan, even some fine leathery notes show up
    • Finish
      Medium and warm

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    In the second tasting I noticed that this Macallan is much more peaty and smoky than any other Macallan I had so far. It's still rather subtle but clearly different. Probably it came out more after the bottle was opened for a few days.  In addition to that there comes the typical sherry sweetness. Fantastic whisky.

  8. Titi94 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Malt Maniac Ho-cheng YAO:Dark brown color, reach malt with chocolate, plum, sweet, thick and firm body, nice and probably one of the best old Macallan style. Good to enjoy my vintage malt.

    Score: 94/100.


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