Macallan 1965

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Anniversary Malt
Stated Age
25 years old
Sherry Cask
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Bottled for
Imported for Gouin (French Market)
Added on
23 dec 2012 3:21 pm

Average value

€ 4108.30

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Whisky reviews for Macallan 1965

4 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.52 points.

  1. MaltMinute scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    An excellent Macallan from years past. Unbeatable quality Sherry casks, carefully made distillate, and time were combined to make a spectacular malt. One can only dream about what sort of beast this must have been at cask strength…
    • Nose
      95 95
      Surprisingly tropical and lots of dried fruits! Pineapples, orange rind, grapefruit, apricots, with a little bit of the raisin/plum/fig from the sherry. A little bit of cigar smoke, dark chocolate, and old cognac scents as well. Gets super honeyed and waxy after 15 minutes or so. A really well integrated and pleasant nose.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Fruits galore: oranges, raisins, orange flavoured raisins, and raisin flavoured oranges. Caramelized pineapple and cinnamon-nutmeg, Demerara sugars, thick Manuka honey, certainly paxarette-influenced and that’s a good thing. It doesn’t quite live up to the glory of the nose but it gets pretty close!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Short-medium, the low ABV really hurts it in the finish but also makes it incredibly drinkable. You could have 2 pours and still not exhaust the palate or throat. Very herbal on the finish, lots of sandalwood, old oak, a bit of camphor, and rosemary sensations with hints of orange and apricot. A real palate freshener though!

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  3. vlad78 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    For quite a long time the whisky stood in the bottle and, quite possibly, got used to the change. I don’t know what it was like then, but now you can feel the OBE, the accompanying dust, grape sugar,
    candied plum jam, marshmallow, a little varnish, which is used to cover parquet or wooden furniture. And this combination of sharp tones of varnish and sweet berry gives an amazing harmony, as they are perfectly balanced and complement each other. The modern Macallan is recognizable even today - its profile and character are easily defined. However, the proposed sample is much softer, calmer, more intelligent. I even regret that I don't drink it like James Bond in a white tuxedo (whatever glass he drank from). Book dust. The taste is sweet, the same tones, the same profile, a bit harsh - the sharpness catches up with the sweetness. I want more strength, more body. The finish is delicate, sweet and quite long, especially for 43 degrees.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Excellent MacAllan sherry, dark fruits , candied apricots, sweet spices, cooked tropical fruits, doesn’t display the same obe tropical notes as the 1965 bottles in 83 or 84, a bit darker and earthy, superb.

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Rating from Whiskyfun by Serge - March 27, 2017

    Macallan 25 yo 1965/1990 ‘Anniversary Malt’ (43%, OB, Giovinetti, 75 cl)  We’ve had the 25/1965 in a decanter christened ‘M’ (already!) a while back and had just loved it (WF 93) but I’m not sure it’s the same juice. I’d add that I had found the 1967 in this very series a little disappointing (WF 87). So, there is some suspense… Colour: gold. Nose: same territories as the ‘Pride’, only rather rounder, more candied, and with more dried fruits, including bananas, pears, raisins… Cigars are obvious too in this ‘buy-this-or-buy-a-small-car’ whisky. Rhubarb tarte, with meringue on top of it, and much less sherry than you would think. A wee whiff of wood smoke. Mouth: really similar to the 1937, which rather comes as a surprise. Once again we’re a little in cognac territories (did Michael Jackson ever write about cognac? I cannot remember…) with ripe fresh fruits everywhere, juicy raisins, overripe apples, oranges, and then more and more tropical fruits, rather around ripe bananas. It’s the freshness that’s impressive here, first and foremost, as well as the way it tends to turn more herbal and dry, in a magnificent way. Teas and tobaccos. Finish: medium, on some kind of spicy marmalade, with a stunning freshness. Comments: a grand cru of Scotch whisky, with this amazing complexity that’s not often to be seen in contemporary bottlings anymore. SGP:651 - 94 points.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    It became a little bit more punchy since I opened the bottle a few months ago which is good. A very good and smooth Macallan. Great!
    • Nose
      Fresh, rather dry sherry notes, rich, ripe bananas, toasted bread, touch of oak wood, nutty,  little vanilla, a bit zesty, grapefruits - really good!
    • Taste
      Very oily and liquorice, though a bit punchy too, nice balance of oak wood and subtle sweetness, toffee, little fruity with citrus notes, 
    • Finish
      Long and warm, little zesty, becoming even more punchy and warmer in the end

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty oily and smooth. Of course fine sherry wood and a subtle sweetness. Probably a tad bitterness in the finish. Not as powerful as the Macallan 1965 18yo.


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