- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- The 1824 Series
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 11 Apr 2013 8:55 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Macallan Ruby
67 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.20 points
- "Obviously the color is dark and invites one to think of red fruits. Not a bad idea since I get on the nose plenty of dry fruits like prunes and raisins, but also dark chocolate and tobacco. On the mouth, the body is actually lighter than you would expect, but also spicier, with cinnamon and almost chili pepper. Then it comes back to the dry fruits and chocolate listed above, before showing more caramel aromas, without being over sweet. This is a complex whisky that is constantly evolving and changing its profile. In a very good way. "
- Jim Murray has awarded 92.5 points to the Ruby. "Perhaps one butt away from a gong!"
- This was a miss for me. This cost double the price of the expression one tier below and it’s not worth it. I found it hard to get any unique notes out of it, and some of the more dominant notes were quite unpleasant. The sherry character here was very pronounced, but I found it weird and unbalanced.
Reviewed in my blog:
Dusty. Nutty wood. Sherry. Orange peels. Lilacs. Prunes. Very slight woodspice notes, need to work to notice them.
Ginger. Bitter wood. Somewhat unpleasant soapy note, unbalanced sherry maybe. Very nutty sherry.
Medium. Bitter. Nutty sherry. Raisins. Cloves. Pepper.
- How is Macallan is able to engineer the colour of the rainbow concept is very interesting to say the least. I'm assuming to have accomplished this, the selecting of casks was based on colour alone as to fit the marketing aspects for their sales slogan; Colour is everything, taste is secondary.
My notes are short and to the point on this one as it was a real let down in it being overly engineered dram.
Very soft with light red fruit.
Very thin on flavour and uninteresting.
Short with not much staying power, forgetful.
- does not look set up, but matured well and is despite all the criticism of the 1824 series a truly excellent Sherrymacallan
Wood chips, the unmistakably soft Macallan caramel fudge notes and deep-dark sherry. Not this sweet paxarette sherry, but dates, figs, plum jam and dark marmalade with Christmas chocolate (cinnamon and cardamom). Delicate oranges and nut nougat immediately stimulate salivation. Brown sugar ensures caramel spice
gentle, soft and creamy. Fully ripe strawberries without any trace of acidity, as a counterpoint immediately warm wood with dusty-spicy traces. Spicy sweet honey, light herbs and mint and lemony-spicy ginger, but candied. The sweet fruits show up only at the beginning, then dominated by wood and its spice
is dominated by espresso and dark chocolate
- Very good. 89 points!
Wonderful sherry nose with clearly oak. Plums, toffee, berries, spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Subtle sweetness.
It tingles, almost spicy. Then it flies and gives way to the fruits. Juicy orange, blackberry, toffee, cinnamon, oak. The palate is fresher and less set than expected.
Pretty long and fruity. Oak stays.
- Visually and with the aroma of the nose, the Ruby hopes for a sherry bomb and a taste explosion on the palate. The start at the first sip there, but the Ruby diluted in the course of the taste more and does not meet my expectations. The Ruby is for me an average Macallan, solid but nothing special. That's why I give the Ruby a good 88 points.
Intense amber shimmers from the glass, tough streaks oily after swinging back into the glass. Extremely sweet sherry aroma immediately rises from the glass as more and more tough drops are released from the streaks. Dark raisins and dates mingle with sweet caramel and brown sugar. Milk chocolate permeates a wonderfully fruity blend of cherries and oranges. Vanilla rises from the caramel, the sweet fruitiness increases, the salivation is stimulated. Spicy, sweet and fruity makes the Macallan appetite for the first sip.
Mild and creamy, Ruby spreads in the mouth. Caramel and sweet berries mix with spicy oak. Despite only 43% alcohol content, the palate fills with chubby heat. The heat ends with slightly tart and dry wood flavors. A touch of tobacco and leather come from the spicy but mild wood. Thin coffee aroma now mixes with the oak tones, adding a touch of chocolate. The taste is convincing, but somehow thin and slightly watered down.
It dominate subtly spicy and tart wood notes, then the Angang but once again everything. Slight heat comes on, chocolate mixes with the tart and spicy wood notes, fruity sherry aroma flashes briefly. With a touch of leather and tobacco, the finish.
- The Macallan reorganised its core range in 2012. Most of the age statements were ditched and replaced by colours. Yes, you've read it right: colours. A small risk for a company stating a few years ago that not colour, but maturation was the most important aspect of a good quality whisky. Because colour could be faked...
The new range consists of Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby. Luckily no additional colouring is used. Ruby is a vatting of first fill and refill sherry casks and is the darkest whisky in the class of four. If it is also the most mature, that remains to be seen.
Colour: Ruby is the darkest in the series. A deep golden sunset. Swirling leaves thin and quick legs on the glass.
Nose: A very aromatic nose with a lot of sweetness. Dates, oranges, peaches and caramel. Also some slightly bitter notes: oak, dark chocolate and tangerines. With some patience you'll discover hints of ruby port and nuts.
Water brings up sweet ripe pears.
Taste: The palate is a continuation of the nose. Bitter oak, chocolate and dried fruit cake. And cherries in two varieties: freshly picked cherries and Mon Chéri liquor chocolates.
A dash of water releases spiciness. Pepper and nutmeg or mace.
Finish: A long and warming finish with raisins and orange zest. At the very end your tongue is being treated to a melting piece of ginger chocolate.
This Macallan Ruby is probably the most complex one of the new 1824 series. A tasty dram showing off some character. By using first fill sherry casks it gets fairly quick his deep colour. Sadly we can only guess the age of the used components.
You"ll easily spend €140 for a whisky ... with a dark colour. Once a certain price ceiling is reached, I do think an educated customer is entitled to more then the basic marketing lingo. Unfortunately we all noticed that NAS will be the rule rather than the exception.
- As Macallan’s go, and I’ve tried a few, this is easily one of the best. Full bodied, mellow and everything you look for in a sherried malt. Knocks the 18 year old into a cocked hat and no wonder. There are so many old Macallans in this, to reach the required colour, they had to stop making it because of the expense. Exquisite.