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Macallan Ruby

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The 1824 Series
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Apr 2013 8:32 pm

Average value

€ 359.19

59 × in wishlist

383 × member ratings

1064 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan Ruby

67 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.96 points

  1. Docmacwhisky scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 92.5 points to the Ruby. "Perhaps one butt away from a gong!"

  2. OKoster scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    "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. "
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. Shane_IL scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    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:
    • Nose
      Dusty. Nutty wood. Sherry. Orange peels. Lilacs. Prunes. Very slight woodspice notes, need to work to notice them.
    • Taste
      Ginger. Bitter wood. Somewhat unpleasant soapy note, unbalanced sherry maybe. Very nutty sherry.
    • Finish
      Medium. Bitter. Nutty sherry. Raisins. Cloves. Pepper.

  4. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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.

    Paid sample.

    My notes are short and to the point on this one as it was a real let down in it being overly engineered dram.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Very soft with light red fruit.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Very thin on flavour and uninteresting.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Short with not much staying power, forgetful.

  5. TastyDram scored this whisky 1 points Expert Junior

    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.

    Tasting notes

    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.
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      1 1
    • Taste
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    • Finish
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  6. whsm scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    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.

  7. Silversurfer scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    does not look set up, but matured well and is despite all the criticism of the 1824 series a truly excellent Sherrymacallan
    • Nose
      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
    • Taste
      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
    • Finish
      is dominated by espresso and dark chocolate

  9. knopfler99 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    For this price, especially in the departure little of the complexity remains. If you like Sherry, you will find much more interesting for other manufacturers at the same price.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Today there was a Ruby on New Year's Eve. In the nose, the reddish Ruby starts with a strong sherry note. One smells into a basket full of ripe, storing apples. Organ shells, raisins and dates are to be guessed. The citrus note disappears over time, giving way to notes of almonds and walnuts.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A sparkling sharpness is the first thing Ruby creates in the mouth. Not unpleasant but already dominant. Warming and many bitter herbs with a certain woody bitterness. You can also guess almonds, espresso and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      86 86
      In the end, the pungency and bitterness of the oak remains in the mouth. A warming feeling and also the herbs are back.

  10. BehindSpace scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85


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