Macallan Ruby

Overall rating
86.68/100
votes
508
Whiskybase ID
WB41337
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
Barcode
5010314101305
Added on
11 apr 2013 8:55 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 1243.71

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Whisky reviews for Macallan Ruby

82 users have left 90 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.68 points.

  1. nrgrol scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

  2. Tutu scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

  3. Nuts1 scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Best whisky I've tasted so far

  4. EvilAFI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A whisky u built up in my head that I finally got to try. First off I like it a lot, the finish is amazing, waxy, oak, and that delicious Macallan sherry. Nose is great too and shows a range of sherry I haven’t found in many pours. Palate also good, but not overly complicated.

    Happy to have tried a sample so I can get having a bottle out of my head.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A range of sherry (sweet light and dark rich), caramel, malt, raisin
    • Taste
      88 88
      Rich oak, vanilla, spices, sherry
    • Finish
      91 91
      The oak and sherry become a marriage and really shine here. They coat the mouth and linger.

  5. Descry scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    This Macallan is the best of all i ever had. I dont understand the low ratings. This Ruby never was meant to be a colletors item, so the high value just comes from it’s gorgeous taste. I had a sample from the famos 18 year Sherry Cask, witch was dissapointing for such an destillery icon. Over decades Macallan‘s lost a lot of sherry Influenze, but they tried to equalize this with more wood. Not a very pleasant developement. So here you have a lot of sherry, raisins , plums , sweetness, and wondeful balanced with complex fine pleasant oak.

  6. JoeHamburg scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nice piece but nothing special, just Macallen!
    Hello, what's going on with the prices, even 200 € were already well over the value at the time.

  7. Ambition2023 scored this whisky 99 points Member Senior

    Sherry bomb! Macallan 18 sherry oak and better!

  8. mike_g scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Just did a blind Tasting between this (Macallan Ruby) and a Macallan 12 Sherry Oak 43% from around 2010.

    No comparison at all - the 12 Sherry Oak is so much better. The price of the Ruby is just absurd - especially now.

  9. MrDvorak scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is dark chocolate and fatty southern prunes with aromatic tobacco. The flavor echoes the aroma, adding cinnamon muffin and cloves. Medium-length finish with white pepper, licorice and chocolate pastries.

    Absolutely wonderful McAllan, full-bodied and full for his degree, wonderful balance, one of their best contemporary releases.

    RATING: 90pts - | 90 - 92 (A-) → Excellent | - Here the golden pantheon begins.

  10. ForestMan scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    An excellent sherry whisky. Love the taste.

  11. dinis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nice Mac...but now is 500€, I GO for Mac Enigma or Terra,are good to.

  12. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. dinis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    better than the new 18 year old sherry and much like the old 18 year old 90s...yes good stuff.

  14. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    More intensely sherried than the Sienna and tastes a bit older, too. But def. no 18 sherry cask and ultimately not better than the Sienna at more than double the price in my opinion. The Sienna is cleaner, the Ruby's got more age but feels less rounded.

  15. dinis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Macallan's old style made in 2000's, The Ruby. Now macallan kipp this quality for make top price decanter bottlings. For now give us the seasoned casks...

  16. Chesterfield scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    An excellent NAS whisky!
    In a blind tasting, I guessed it was about 30 years old.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  17. Mapl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  18. Mapl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  19. Youngone scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  20. MacUisge scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  21. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A bitter, oak-heavy, ancient-looking and very good whisky!
    The "flagship" of the 1824 series!
    Like all Macallan no "bargain".
    [Color] reddish oak;
    • Nose
      fruity dark berries, raisins, "old sherry", tart spicy oak, tobacco, leather;
    • Taste
      soft, mild, dry sherry, dark chocolate, spices, leather, tobacco, a lot of spicy oak;
    • Finish
      medium length, tart, dry oak, fruity aftertaste;

  22. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    - a very pleasant and good quality malt, but much stronger and spicier than expected,
    - in contrast to the SIENNA, less fruity and much more spicy and powerful,
    - you notice the older age with significantly less fruit aromas (unfortunately),
    • Nose
      subtle, very sweet sherry, oak, dark berries, slightly spicy, leather, you can smell that there are probably some older barrels with it
    • Taste
      Very soft, spicy start, here too you can taste the older age of most barrels, leather, a lot of oak, tobacco, woody, light fruit aromas
    • Finish
      mild medium-long finish;
      medium-long dry fruity aftertaste, lots of oak

  23. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  24. MrNachbar scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  25. 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.

  26. Silversurfer scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  27. 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!"

  28. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    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.

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. knopfler99 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  32. BehindSpace scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  33. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good. 89 points!
    • Nose
      Wonderful sherry nose with clearly oak. Plums, toffee, berries, spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Subtle sweetness.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Pretty long and fruity. Oak stays.

  34. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. ApricotOne scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  36. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/macallan-ruby-ob-2013/

  37. 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:
    https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/05/13/the-macallan-1824-selection/
    • 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.

  38. 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.

  39. Daan Tje scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  40. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice nose: vinous, currants, juicy fruits, then toffee. In the mouth: what a disappointment! Flat, watery, lack of balance. On the other hand, beautiful persistence. And it's supposed to be the flagship of this range ...

    Enthusiasm 2/5

  41. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  42. 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

  43. Sb17sw scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Christmas Christmas Christmas.

    Big nose and mighty taste.

    Raisins and prunes and cinnamon and Christmas cake.

    The oh so sweet finish stays on for a long time and fills you with warmth and joy.

    The difference between this one and other sherry bombs are that the distillery stamp is present here and makes this pleasant and not just nauseating.

  44. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  45. MisterMo scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  46. Dramany scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Sherry, sweet and bitter notes well balanced

  47. Jevan scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  48. Jevan scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This is a very nice dram but at it's price I would expect more. This reminds me of 1990s 12 year olds but even they were richer and more rewarding. For this price I want much, much more!
    • Nose
      Nose is present but subtle and not demanding at all. Once you get past the alcohol (Which is odd as it's only 43%) you get ripe stewed fruits like plums and peaches and chocolate with a hint of nutmeg. Slight sulphite is also there as in all of this series..
    • Taste
      Rich and rewarding but with a heavy wood influence but in balance with spices like cloves, cinnamon and white pepper. Stewed plums and prunes. Dark fruit. Cocoa. Not at all bad!
    • Finish
      Finish is medium long with white pepper and cloves predominating..

  49. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Full. Dark sherry, raisins, figs, prunes. Brown sugar.
    • Taste
      Sweet. Dark grapes, honey. Dark chocolate and some coffee. Overall but a bit short and weaker than in the aroma.

  50. Egge scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    The nose is pleasant, in the taste and finish it decreases significantly. far too expensive for a fairly complex whisky.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, sherry and various spices. Milk chocolate and a touch of marzipan.
    • Taste
      Apple, vanilla and caramel. Then it's off to the finish.
    • Finish
      Rather short, mild cocoa or chocolate milk, slightly vanilla note.

  51. RenédeLeede scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  52. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  53. jankes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  54. maltaholic scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    I've been looking forward to it for a long time, but even the scent does not really appeal to me, it's rather meaningless. Spices, cloves, vanilla, savory. Overall but rather sober and much too high price.

  55. ML89 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  56. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  57. Zumbar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  58. 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

  59. rottendon scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    An interesting whisky whose taste is more intense than the nose suggests. I like it, maybe a bit too sour.

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Alcohol brews a bit stronger, buttery sherry sweetness, slightly salty, slightly fruity, ripe pear, over all the sparkling sherry. Later dark malt, toffee, even later more salt & delicate fermentation notes. Warms clear ripe raisins, some gingerbread, slightly Christmassy touch. Red fruits. Overall, very delicate nose.
    • Taste
      Significant alcoholic, slightly sour, but rich, sweet sherry, with a clear and pleasant oak.
    • Finish
      Very nutty on the finish, the oak resonates subtly. Raisins, medium length.

  60. irrerelevant scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose is really nice, the start also, but then it dries off so much, that one wishes, the long finish would be shorter, too uncomfortable and a bit thin compared to the others, behind it I would assume a NAS
    Notes from blind tasting
    • Nose
      First a bit alcoholic, oatmeal, not so dark, but internsiver sherry, sweet canned peach, fruit salad, light, slightly sour, roasted notes, vanilla
    • Taste
      Sweet light sherry, dominant, intense light fruit, pear, hay, dry strongly
    • Finish
      Long, extremely dry and "thin" with some oak

  61. 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

  62. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  63. ApricotOne scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A good Whisky and realy an Macallen. Rich sherry and oak taste likely overdose. But he is in my opinion too expensive for the value he brings an it is an NAS. I had better stuff (AS) from other distilleries with age statment. 
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  64. Ciro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  65. eleiko5 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The Macallan Ruby (43%, OB 2013, 1824 series, first-fill sherry casks)

    Nose: overall quite delicate, it shows a nice profile but it’s a little shy. Notes of fresh figs, red plums and oranges. Baked apple with cinnamon. Rum & raisins. Dried apricots. Nice overtones of sharper citrus zest. It shows a light, youthful freshness rather than a mature body. Mouth: not too punchy, some honey and red berry notes but mostly spicy notes. Nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and soft pepper. Soft tannins from the oak too. Still some zesty oranges and raisins, but less fruity than the nose suggested. Fades on toffee, chocolate and something of apricot syrup. Finish: quite long, spicy with oranges and lingering apricot.

    The Macallan Ruby is a decent, modern dram but I wasn’t entirely convinced of its premium status. I’ve had NAS drams with a similar colour that had a fuller body and more juicy fruits on the palate. Hey, even an entry-level Macallan bottled in the 1990’s held more quality sherry inside. Around € 140 – too expensive in my opinion.

    Score: 84/100

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2013/macallan/macallan-ruby-1824-series/

     

     

     

  66. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  67. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Yesterday I bought myself (2nd quarter 2015) in the affect in the department store for Sage and wrote Euro 155.-.

    Start is pretty heavy for 43%, slightly sprittig and then a little bit bittersweet.

    I have a Solera open and poured me a glass, there are miles in between, the Ruby is not there for a long time.

    Conclusion; great nose, taste nothing special, finish slightly bitter, way too expensive.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  68. Pdh scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    N Sherry and hot chocolate with hint of coffee
    T Fruit cake and sweet sherry
    F Dry long complex but no surprisees
    Overpriced
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  69. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 72 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      70 70

  70. 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

  71. Koloman scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  72. Helgo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting

    Color: ruby

    Nose: freshly roasted coffee beans, some fennel, dark chocolate, syrup (sugar beet)

    Mouth: Dried fruits, raisins, spices, sunflower seeds. The alcohol is present but not disturbing. Chocolate, cherries and mint.

    Finish: At the first tasting only short to medium long. Then getting longer and the cherries remain with a nice sweetness.

    Conclusion: a good malt. But for the price unfortunately not good enough for me.

  73. WhiskyCask scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    A sad shadow of the great distillery of old, the Ruby is rather flat and unimaginative. See the full review at:
    http://maltandoak.com/macallan-ruby-the-modern-take-on-the-classic-sherry-macallans-of-old/

  74. Snerik scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    But it feels “empty”, I don’t find this whisky very engaging, and compered to a single cask Glendronach (which you could easily find given this whisky’s price tag) I almost dear to promise you that you’ll get a more engaging experience.  
    • Nose
      It is very elegant, very clean. There are raisins, herbs, sultanas, figs, chocolate druid peach and all the rest of it. 
    • Taste
      Very dry, but with plenty of room for those dried fruits, which are everywhere. Quite nice. 
    • Finish
      Medium long finish that drowns in all these chocolate and fruity notes. 

  75. Mushinico scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  76. TastyDram did not rate this whisky 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.

    Conclusion

    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.
    • Nose
      1 1
    • Taste
      1 1
    • Finish
      1 1

  77. ricallende scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  78. Achany scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  79. 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.

  80. Bishlouk scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    A sweet nose and very industrial chemical caramel. It's very "mainstream" to attract go-go.
    The mouth is just filthy, bitter, pungent and sweet (chemical sugar too).
    The final is nonexistent, everything disappears right away (and all the better, all in all, so bad).

  81. Kim4fan scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  82. The Macallan scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    The last one of my wee taster at the Grouse Experience. This Ruby was definately my dram. The rich sherry flavors of dried fruit, chocolate and some wood spices formed a nice palate.

    The finish for me though was long, warming, full of richness.

  83. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    very nice even if not very complex
    • Nose
      Very oloroso sherry
    • Taste
      Dry and powerful despite the degree
    • Finish
      average

  84. Smitty64 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Is this really a Macallan?

    Macallan was one of my favourite malts and compared to a mid 90`s Macallan 10y.o. or 12y.o. this is flawed and definitely inferior although the price has - even inflation-adjusted - more than tripled and this doesn`t seem to be fair. Nowadays Macallan has to scream out that they are using only first fill sherry casks for the RUBY edition - in the late 80`s almost every cask used was a first fill sherry cask and they haven`t made any pretence of it.

    First the fine oak series and now the 1824 series - everything has a nice packaging but the whisky itself is not worth buying. I a really upset because I hoped that the new Macallan 1824 Series would be new masterpieces in the tradition of the older (white box) malts.

  85. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by SCOMA : 

    Aroma: hints of Spanish oak slowly giving way for the rich flavors of dried fruits and a hint of molasses. Following a subtle sweetness and finally mature oak notes.

    Taste: hints of ginger, nutmeg and resin to kick off. Then notes of orange, raisins with ever-present sweetness. Finally, a hint of clove and oak.

    Finish: long and persistent. 

  86. zinaf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I understand that the Ruby is made exclusively of first-fill Spanish oak sherry casks.

  87. zinaf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The overall it leaves me with a drying feeling :) Perhaps I did not give it enough time in the glass to develop but it did not appear utterly complex. It is a nice sherried whisky but not matching the asking price for sure. 
    • Nose
      Sweet but not too sweet; balsamico; black tea (darjeeling?); sour cherry jam; gentle nuttiness; wood.

      Water - not much development; the nuttiness intensified.
    • Taste
      Not a sherry bomb; sweetish; very drying. Dried dark fruits (prunes; dates). Lots of spices. Sulphur? but not intimidating. 

      With water - some orange peelings; dry fruits; nuts.
    • Finish
      medium; drying;

  88. granella2003 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Rich wedding cake and espresso, cocoa, a little clove and walnut
    • Taste
      Raspberry coulis, maraschino, prunes,
      marmalade
    • Finish
      Long and rich, dark berries and ginger

  89. Drochaid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: European oaks in the nose, rich dried fruit and a
    nervous trickle of syrup. A sweet sweetie begins, then affirmed
    the oak, brewed and ripe.

    Taste: on the palate a rush of ginger, nutmeg and orange,
    Sultana and raisin with their restrained, but sweeping sweeties.
    Clove is here and goes and oak, the undisputed maestro.

    Finish: Long, lasting and reflective.

  90. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: full sherry - cherry, some sulphur, spices and dark chocolate
    T: spices and orange
    F: medium with orange
    compared with Macallan Amber and Sienna
    single dram note `Whisky in Leiden`

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