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Macallan Sienna

Overall rating 322 votes 84.10

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67 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
21 Oct 2017 9:39 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 78 points

[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)...

Weighted Rate
76
Nose
75
Initial taste
78
Body
76
Finish
74
Price
70
Presentation
84
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wisekycourse
Expert Senior wisekycourse Review note
21 Sep 2017 10:44 am
wisekycourse gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.5
Nose
85
Initial taste
83
Body
85
Finish
80
Price
85
Presentation
84
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maltaholic
Connoisseur maltaholic Note
02 Sep 2017 11:03 pm
maltaholic gave this whisky 81 points

By Serge 

Macallan ‘Sienna’ (43%, OB, 1824 series, +/-2017): 85 Punkte

toklian
Expert Senior toklian Note
01 Sep 2017 9:11 am
toklian gave this whisky 83 points
Matteo Longhin
Expert Senior Matteo Longhin Review note
22 Aug 2017 12:42 am
Matteo Longhin gave this whisky 81 points
Weighted Rate
81.1
Nose
81
Initial taste
83
Body
83
Finish
81
Price
70
Presentation
85
Matteo
Cubey666
Expert Senior Cubey666 Review note
03 Aug 2017 12:52 pm
Cubey666 gave this whisky 82 points
Weighted Rate
82.2
Nose
84
Initial taste
81
Body
83
Finish
81
Price
82
Presentation
82
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Tom na Gruagaich
Expert Senior Tom na Gruagaich Tasting note
12 Jun 2017 12:45 am
Tom na Gruagaich gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Frischer wie der 12er, Sherry, Süße, Gewürze, aber auch was florales, ein paar hellere Früchte, etwas mineralisches, Eiche, Orangen, Quitten, Gewürze, schwarzer Pfeffer. Ich bin gerade ob der etwas klebrigen Nase des 12 sehr positiv von diesem hier überrascht, da er doch so viel mehr Aromen freigeben mag.

Taste

Süß, Sherry, Honig, Orangenlikör, herbe Eichennoten, sehr schön ausbalanbiert, aber auch nichts überraschendes.

Finish

Sherry, Eiche, Orange, etwas Malz, etwas Tabak, bittersüß bis zum Ende.

Comments

ein schöner Sherrymalt, ganz in Macallan Tradition. Ich gebe zu, dass die Aromen im Vergleich zum 12er leichter zugänglich sind, einem quasi zufliegen. Der Malt ist nicht ganz so klebrig, würde ich sagen. Man kann nun von NAS halten, was man will. Aber der Sienna ist lecker und zusammen mit dem 2001er Speymalt der Gewinner des Abends.

Michael
Whisky-Connaisseur
Expert Senior Whisky-Connaisseur Tasting note
26 May 2017 10:34 am
Color
Burnished
Nose

Opens with a subtle sherry nose, accompanied by plenty of juicy oranges, baked apples, and hints of bananas. Little honey, fine vanilla and a touch of cinnamon in the background, along with subtle oak and a whiff of white pepper. Elegant and mellow!

Taste

Sweet and malty start on the palate with typical sherry-derived flavours - dates, figs, and dried apricots, along with juicy oranges. This is complemented with a warming spiciness of black pepper, ginger, nutmeg and fine oak. Deliciously mouthfilling! Lovely notes of vanilla and raisins emerge, nicely intermingling with lingering dark chocolate and a touch of marzipan towards the finish.

Finish

The finish is long, creamy with honey, malted barley and vanilla. Fruity and syrupy with oranges, followed by a slightly warming spiciness of oak, ginger and anise on the tail.

With water: Lively on the nose after adding a few drops of water. Sherry-derived flavours and fruity notes, oranges in particular, remain while more oak spice is coming through. Still sweet and fruity on the palate with a slightly tamed but prickling spiciness of oak, pepper and nutmeg. The finish shows good length with a creamy, soft, even silky mix of malted barley, vanilla and honey. Gets slightly drier on the tail with fine oak and anise.

Comments

A pleasantly surprising dram! A delicate Macallan with a lovely interplay of bright, fruity notes (oranges!), rich dried-fruit sweetness and oak-derived spiciness. Well-balanced with no sherry overload. Very savoury with a multi-layered range of flavours and textures. Smooth, and creamy with a long and warming aftertaste. Even a small drop of water works fine with this whisky.

I thank Sietse Offringa and Beam Suntory Germany for the generous sample!

https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/tasting-notes-english/macallan/

Shane_IL
Expert Senior Shane_IL Tasting note
14 May 2017 5:13 pm
Shane_IL gave this whisky 78 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Raspberries. Charred fruits. Marmalade. Slight woodsmoke. Vanilla pods. Sticky toffee pudding. Milk chocolate. Sulphur.

Taste

Fresh linen. Cloves. Vanilla essence. Cacao. Black cherries. Dried orange peel. Pickled ginger.

Finish

Medium. Ginger. Woodspice. Honey. Plums.

Comments

This had some good notes to it, but also some unbalanced bitter ones which I didn’t find very refreshingly pleasant like the Amber.

Reviewed in my blog:
https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/05/13/the-macallan-1824-selection/

My Collection Happy to swap samples with anyone in the UK/EU/Canada, pm for details.

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