Macallan Ruby

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 843.38

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480 × member ratings

1543 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan Ruby

83 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.57 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. 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

  4. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Certainly the best 1824s. However, also at an ambitious price.
    • Nose
      Oak and Spanish sherry en masse, but dry, barely sweet. Then dark, red berry fruit, molasses and raisins. Afterwards then plenty of sweet caramel, syrup and oak again with the touch of damp soil. Complex and powerful.
    • Taste
      Creamy-oily, deep fruity. Lots of sherry, dark berries, sweet raisins and some orange. Behind it oak and spices.
    • Finish
      Long and warm, dark chocolate and oak. In the background are raisins.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Great nose that is mercilessly disappointed in the mouth and finish - Macallan, where are your qualities and the intensity of earlier days? - mercilessly overpriced
    • Nose
      strong sherry, rum raisins, dark chocolate, sweet pipe tobacco, plum
    • Taste
      Sherry, redcurrant, pickled Amarena cherries, light acidity and bitterness in the background - all unfortunately watered down
    • Finish
      The wateriness deprives him of the opportunity to give a longer finish with sherry and oak - too bad

  9. 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

  10. MrDvorak scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 90pts – |90 – 92 (A-) → Excellent| — Here the golden pantheon of whiskies begins.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The nose is perfectly sherried and balanced with notes of dark chocolate, prunes, tabacco and cinnamon muffin.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is silky and oily, rather gentle with notes of milk chocolate, brown raisins, black pepper and Oreo cookies.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is medium lenght, spicy and has notes of milk chocolate again, black pepper and spicy slightly burnt oak.


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