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Macallan Sienna

Overall rating
84.60/100
votes
572
Whiskybase ID
WB41336
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 8:54 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 186.33

62 × in wishlist

572 × member ratings

1930 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan Sienna

98 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.60 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. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Of everything more than "gold" and "amber", much more complex and full-bodied and still somewhat watery
    • Nose
      Sherry and blood orange, tangerine, cinnamon and cloves, Christmas market scents, chocolate and coffee
    • Taste
      Sherry, orange, spices for the Christmas bakery, dried fruits, Chinese ginger sweets
    • Finish
      Medium and warm

  3. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I think it's really delicious. Definitely too expensive, but still tasty.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very good, round, volume, light and fruity, apple, not really my favorite taste profile, but very cool here. Doesn't look like a typical NAS. Sherry is also there, subtle, but also well integrated again.
    • Taste
      87 87
      At first a bit thin, but then comes a surprising breadth that stays long and tasty on the palate.
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Dutchdram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla, figs and raisins lead the nose. Fruity notes follow like oranges and apples. At the end a light hint of oak.
    • Taste
      89 89
      First thing I taste are oranges. Complemented by dried fruit tones of raisins and figs. A sharp bite of ginger pushes through. Some sweet tones of vanilla cake and white chocolate follows up and at the end a spicy tone of nutmeg end the palate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long and very warm. An oaky taste with vanilla pods keeps lingering.

  6. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Fun malt, can't recall any off notes. Not a sherry bomb and not old 10/12 either, but good for what it is. Bought it on sale for 62 instead of 80 EUR which is the max price I'd pay for it. Maybe the best of the regular "1824 NAS judge by color" series.

  7. MLE scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  8. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Foudos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

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