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Macallan Sienna

Overall rating
84.24/100
votes
393
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The 1824 Series
Casktype
Sherry Oak Casks from Jerez
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L0114R L4 18/04
Barcode
5010314101206
Added on
11 Apr 2013 8:00 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 86.64

Whisky Reviews for Macallan Sienna

75 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.24 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2017]  Every other year I (re)taste a standard Macallan simply to check if things improved in the meantime.  Unfortunately, it got worst only so far.  So I bought this dram at the hotel bar tonight (this is by far the most expensive whisky here, ridiculous!).  By the way, I use my own appropriate tasting glass to do this review...

    The colour is amber what is not relevant anyhow as they use caramel to adjust it.  The texture shows a few medium fast legs and a few late tears.  The nose is ... no, this is not whisky - this is the nose of a glass of pure dry sherry wine (I know such a nose very well as I often drink a glass of sherry at restaurants before dinner, to support the whisky industry with empty sherry casks...).  Oh my god, this is really a shame!  No whisky aroma at all and the profile is bland and immature.  I clearly prefer the nose of the sherry wine over that!!!  It arrives in the mouth hot and peppery with just a very little coating effect.  The taste is not much better, some barley sugars and sherry wine flavours (please note:  these are quite different to sherry cask-induced whisky flavours), that's it!  The finish is short and owns absolutely nothing that is remarkable.  Somehow this smells and tastes as if there was quite a substantial amount of liquid sherry wine still in the cask when they filled the new make in (you know, this is strictly forbidden by Scottish law!).

    Macallan has reached a point now where I use the spittoon instead of swallowing the rest of the dram.  This once so mighty whisky was killed by the pure greediness of its owners (an investment group) and it is a shame to offer such a bad whisky quality to consumers at all - taking into account the price point it is ... impertinence!

    PS:  Sorry to all the folks that love this whisky but I grew up with a very different quality of Macallan (it was that quality what made Macallan famous, not today's).  But if you really enjoy the modern "designed" Macallan this is absolutely fine with me - you can have all of it (I will buy the next dram to (re)taste in 2020 earliest)...
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      74 74

  2. Docmacwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 94.5 points to the Macallan Sienna. "A huge and pleasing improvement."

  3. Deloti scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    expected more of this macallan. lowly whisky. lacks consistency and quality. I will never buy it again but I wouldn´t even pay half the price it costs for this
    • Nose
      75 75
      sherry wine, sugar, wood, chocolate
    • Taste
      75 75
      sherry, plenty. nuts, raisins, spices, orange chocolate. not complex at all, rather flat
    • Finish
      75 75
      short-medium on pepper, oak, and of course sherry. unsurprising

  4. Deloti scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      73 73

  5. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: Intense sherry, chocolate, warm and subtle oak. Then, more vinous. Later, dried fruits and honey that comes harmonize everything. On the palate, spicy (clove type), honey also, but the aqueous side of the texture is a little mess. Swallowing, sherry shines shining so briefly and then crosses over into something more rough, bitter 75% - 25% acid. It's funny how so many strengths but also weaknesses can sometimes rub! Enthusiasm 3/5

  6. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very nice composition. Nuts, sweet sherry tones, different fruits, chocolate or Jaffacake. Then fine roasted aromas, oak, a touch of leather and a lot of malt and dry chocolate cake.
    • Taste
      Sweet, sherry-rich onset, light dried fruits, nuts, caramel, milk chocolate, chocolate raisins, oatmeal cookies with chocolate coating, fine roasted aromas and oak.
    • Finish
      Long and complex. Sherry tonic with notes of chocolate, nuts and light dried fruits.

  7. OKoster scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    "A balanced light nose with sprinkles of vanilla, oak and orange saves its punch for the palate with a roundhouse blast of citrus peels and spice. These flavors do calm down into sherry, figs and the gentle vanilla from the nose. The citrus peel comes back in the finish but this time it’s restrained and refined as if it has learned a lesson and wants to apologize. A hint of cigarette tobacco punctuates the last moments before your second sip."
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      73 73

  8. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    The quality is in itself very good-measured by the price, he is much too weak, especially too thin - watery - I would rather sort him in the 40 € class
    • Nose
      Orange, plum, some mint, cherries, lots of dark chocolate, some oak
    • Taste
      sweet sour raisins, mint, plum jam, red wine, chocolate, latte
    • Finish
      slightly soapy, medium in the middle, chocolate with rum grape, cherry jam

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