Macallan 1983

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
18 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 oct 2008 5:37 pm

Average value

€ 5250.56

36 × in wishlist

50 × member ratings

139 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Macallan 1983

9 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.28 points.

  1. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Another 'other', extraordinary Macallan! Wonderful for me!
    • Nose
      In the morning in the kitchen, the smells of a strawberry jam and butter-coated cumin bread roll with those of a pan full of scrambled eggs with fried bacon. Next to it is a pot of steamed cabbage. From the fruit bowl next to the plate with fudge shine many different red berries: raspberries and currants are clearly in the majority. Through the patio door, the balmy summer wind brings swaths of peat and beach in - it's going to be another hot day ... The coffee grounds in the filter bag are still steaming out of the trash can. The dough of homemade rum balls is next to a jute sack, filled with fresh walnuts. The wooden bench, on which lies hot bread, whose bark smells intensively, has recently been cleaned with a sharp scouring powder. From the bathroom it smells of hair spray, hair tonic and the Franzbranntwein, with which the grandmother always rubs.
    • Taste
      The heat is increasing rapidly: Lemons exude their aroma, the juices of red berries are thick and peppered, the red wine cake was taken out of the oven too late, because the grandmother has just nodded off; She makes espresso for that and gives it cocoa powder because it fits the toffee pastry so well, she says ... As she clears away the ingredients, scents of citrus peel, dried raisins, dried fruits, and clues of cognac and sherry spill from the pantry with their dusty wooden shelves.
    • Finish
      Finally, it cools down a bit; the rum balls are now ready and put out of the fridge on the coffee table; the rum pot is served, as well as cognac chocolates. In the old wooden oak shelf there are dusty old books, a bottle of old sherry, and somebody forgot a banana skin there, which has now turned black. The old leather sofa smells slightly tart, spicy, almost a bit bitter, ... and at the same time sweet ... The tea is already waiting. And later you treat yourself to a tart cigar.

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  3. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. PortEllen1983 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    1705€ 2018-01

  5. MrRancho scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A crack in the nose, in the mouth a nice Gaumenschmeichler.
    • Nose
      Uiuiui. It goes from the left, to the right, then left again and down through the middle. Will say that the flavors, one by one, shake hands, come back, disappear again. Strawberry jam, dried fruit, citrus, dried herbs, gooseberry, grass, citrus, herbal tea, leather, cocoa ...
    • Taste
      Jam, citrus, salt, wood, toffee, milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Short, walnut, a little iodine, a little lemon.

  6. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Again, I find that Feusi hit the point: Soul-warming, indeed!

    Tasting with Armin Fuchs.
    • Nose
      Complex woodsmoke with a special peatiness and many spices greet you at the beginning.

      On the periphery citrus is tingling with fruits in alcohol.

      Developing into red jams with fine vanilla cakes and some chocolate. Hints of coffee, leather and bouillon cubes. All combined with the character - maltiness of those Macallans.

      Even after a long time in the glass, there are still alcohol-fruits emerging. If you swing it sometimes, you get more and more jams until there is a phase in which the whisky is completely round - with a very deep and dark character.

      This moves on until there are impressions of a little withdrawal thus more 'lighter' impressions.

      After a really long time in the glass, it finally comes through again and shows itself with deep character and a wonderful slight peatiness.
    • Taste
      Very intense with many many jams and fruit juices (red) and a lot of orange juice. Hints of leathery peatiness and subtle spices.

      Fiery and later with brandy beans, hints of cognac and more chocolate. Long and very satisfying, especially in the front and middle part of the palate.
    • Finish
      Very long and wonderfully intense with old Sherry casks and rum-fruits. Chocolate, malt, leather, hints of smoke, very long and warm.

      The wood is absolutely balanced and interwoven with the spirit.

  7. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    After the bottle is open the 'cabbage' vanishes …

    If you are patient to wait at least 90 minutes with some slow slews between you find a very beautiful roundness also in the nose …

    This development deserves a higher rating now: 94!

  9. markkerr02 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior Test 086: MacAllan 18Y vertical with Martin Markvardsen - 081129 Year Vote Score Bernt Points Per 1977 1 89 86
    1978 1 77 82
    1979 3 91 87
    1980 0 80 83
    1981 21 90 85
    1982 1 90 85
    1983 4 91 88
    1984 1 90 87
    1985 1 85 81
    1986 0 82 80
    1987 3 92 83
    1988 21 93 81
    1988 Fine Oak 1 84 90
    1989 0 82 86
    1990 1 90 87

  10. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    … a very spicy Macallan!

    The nose starts with a lot of steamed cabbage with caraway fighting against strawberry jam, then also baked bacon, red berries, some fudge, a hint of peat that develops into coffee ground, cocoa powder and wood, nuts as well; then scouring powder, some warm crust, hairdressing articles and 'Franzbranntwein'.

    In the mouth red berry juices, wonderful citrus, very much pepper (with every sip more!), tart toffee sweetness, some burnt dark cake, tart cocoa powder, espresso, citrus peals, dried raisins, dark fruits (dried or overripe), wood becomes more and more, then also hints of dark Sherry and Cognac, and the feeling of very dark chocolate, spicy.

    Finish: Cognac beans and Rum truffles, fruits in rum, dusty books, black banana peal, oak, old Sherry cask, melasse (slightly burnt, too), tartness, getting a little bitter; at the end remains cigar leaf and tart wood.

  11. rifkin scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    I think eleiko5 must have smoked his own socks with the price suggestion. Good luck finding this whisky under 750 EUR today.

  12. eleiko5 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Macallan 18y 1983 (43%, OB 2001)

    Nose: classic sherry maturation. Chocolate, lots of raisins, dry fruit, prunes. Still, the fruitiness and freshness of this Macallan is exceptional. A bit of vanilla and smoked bacon. Some notes of an old cognac. Mouth: as expected, really rich again. Prunes, raisins, oranges, chocolate… Rather sweet and very smooth. A bit of oak. Finish: long aftertaste on chocolate and soft spices (cloves). Getting drier in the end, with more wood influence.

    The Macallan 18yo is a must-try for sherry lovers and a benchmark for other sherry bottlings. It may be blasé to say, but it’s also a bit predictive (the huge over-influence of sherry means this is quite close to other sherry bombs such as the much cheaper Aberlour A’Bunadh). Anyway, it surely is a great whisky.

    Price: around € 250 for such an old version. Around
    € 100 if you take the recent Macallan 1990/2008.

    Score: 89/100


  13. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very intense and tasty Macallan.

    Like Feusi sais: 'So much soul warming.'

  14. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  15. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    With warmth!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  16. Feusi scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Well after my 1980er millenium bottles, this is really worth every "sfr" penny. More intensive, sherry at his best, a spicy wood so much soul-warming.


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