Macallan Ruby

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The 1824 Series
Sherry Oak Casks from Jerez
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Apr 2013 8:55 pm

Average value

€ 397.33

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409 × member ratings

1167 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan Ruby

70 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.22 points

  1. 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

  2. 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!"

  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. 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

  6. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  7. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The nose is quite interesting and I also like chocolate and creamy whiskys, but overall, especially in the mouth quite flat. Nonetheless, it's pretty tasty to enjoy in between.
    • Nose
      Quite a lot of milk chocolate, subtle dark fruits, Mon Cherie, rather restrained, tobacco, with time even spicier, coffee, more spicy than sweet and fruity, at the right angle clearly marzipan or almonds, once you have that, you hardly get it still out of the nose, with a long smell of mint, Maggi is also there
    • Taste
      creamy, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, nutella, creamy, caramel, espresso, but overall a bit lukewarm
    • Finish
      Espresso, chocolate coffee bean, more and more in the tart coffee-like, hints of Mon Cherie, Lumumba, rather short

  8. Gloin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An elegant classic sherry whisky, that's how I imagine such a whisky. But I would like a slightly more pronounced Eichennote, then the whisky would be outstanding. He is still very good.
    Blind tasting! In the second test, he was not that strong, so I reduced the original 90 points to 89.
    • Nose
      Dark, dry sherry, dark red fruits like currant, some cherries, but also sultanas. At the beginning a short alcoholic stinging in the nose, but disappears quickly. After a while he gets a little sweeter. Very elegant and almost a prime example of a classic sherry whisky. You can lose yourself in the smell.
    • Taste
      Sherry! Red fruits, dried, the sherry is very present, but not intrusive, some dark chocolate, herbs and earthy notes. The oak is not very pronounced.
    • Finish
      herry and dark chocolate, all very elegant, present but not intrusive, it gets sweeter, the finish is medium

  9. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    a top-notch malt that has to compete with a Glendronach Parliament or a Glenfarclas special edition a la Alexander Selkirk, which can be bought for 80-100 €
    • Nose
      full and juicy, reminds me directly to the Glendronach Parliament
      the full program: orange, dried fruits, spices, dark chocolate
      Baked apple with marzipan and cinnamon with an orange-chocolate sauce
    • Taste
      an incredibly creamy mouthfeel
      the notes from the flavors are repeated
      a juicy-sweet sherry, but not as fat as the Glendronach ... more elegant

  10. 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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