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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32 × member ratings

28 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1965

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.64 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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

  5. 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

  6. 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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