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Macallan 1979 CA

Overall rating
87.63/100
votes
21
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Dumpy Bottle
Vintage
04.1979
Bottled
05.1991
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
57.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
30 May 2013 8:50 pm
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 900.00

one in wishlist

Level Username
Member Junior SHINICHIROU MISUMI

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91
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90
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90
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90
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90
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90
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89
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89
Expert Senior Nanjing
89
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89
Connoisseur ctu
88
Connoisseur hs305
88
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87
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87
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86
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86
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85
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84
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84
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83

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Average 4 x 25 rates

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1
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1
Finish
1
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Category Rating
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22
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22
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22
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22

Tastingtags

4 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
09 Mar 2017 10:39 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 88 points

[March, 2017]  Some time ago I sat at the bar of the Highlander Inn in Craigellachie looking over the river Spey to the Macallan diistillery when the man besides me bitterly complained about how bad the quality of the Macallan malt is nowadays compared to older releases.  As a proof to his complaint he ordered two drams of Macallan for me:  An older 10 year bottling (most probably distilled in the early eighties) and a new one. 

I had to confess he was right, the quality was remarkably different and not in favour of the new release.  I know by myself that all the old official Macallan bottlings are real stunners, I had not a single one that did not impress me.  But is this true for all old Macallans?

That is why I tried two undisclosed Macallan from independent bottlers today, https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/34926/pride-of-strathspey-25-year-old-gm , https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/3721/glen-gordon-1974-ses and this young Cadenhead dumpy.

So this one compares best to the Fine Oak releases as it is a naked (non-sherried) Macallan.  At the time when it was released this was very unusual as all official Macallan were sherried these times.  Sometimes Macallan sales reps claimed during these times that Macallan produces sherried malts only - which was a shameless lie (among many others).  Macallan ever matured significant parts of its production in bourbon casks but these casks were simply never marketed as Macallan (they all went into the Famous Grouse blend, where Macallan is probably THE most important ingredient).  Only after sherry casks became more and more expensive (because of the Scotch whisky industry spent millions of pounds to convince all the wine-drinking countries to switch to whisky instead of wine, e.g. Spain and subsequently the sherry sales / production collapsed) the Macallan marketing people offered the FIne Oak series in addition.  And guess why they could do so on the spot:  The warehouses were full with bourbon-matured Macallan casks...

Okay, let's forget history and have that nice little dram.  Most people rate an old Macallan significantly lower if it is not sherried (see as an example https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/10019/macallan-1963-ca  ).  I think this is because of the old Macallan marketing mantra "Only a sherried Macallan is a real Macallan".  But usually the sherry masks all the very nice flavour profile of the malt and just the strongest, heaviest aromas shine through.  Here you can experience all of the real Macallan malt profile that is nutty, spicy and creamy.  Really nice, especially after adding some water (not too much, just a few drops). 

It has a nice, coating consistency on the palate and a remarkably finish.  I like this one, especially when keeping in mind that is has matured for just 12 years only.  But the stated price here on WB is ridiculous, I paid less than one fifth of that when I bought this bottle at the end of the nineties....

Weighted Rate
87.7
Nose
88
Initial taste
87
Body
89
Finish
87
Price
89
Presentation
86
There is no accounting for taste...
ctu
Connoisseur ctu Tasting note
02 Mar 2018 8:59 pm
ctu gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Refined. Honey, vanilla and oily fruits. Spicy oak.

Taste

Powerful. Spicy oak. Fruits, honey and white chocolate.

Finish

Long, creamy, oaky.

Comments

Interesting, refined, antique, simple but great flavors. Finally not a sherry bomb.

VaryingViewpoint
Expert Junior VaryingViewpoint Review note
02 Dec 2017 6:13 am
VaryingViewpoint gave this whisky 91 points

Sample courtesy of hs305

Very rich noise; sweet mustyness, with candied socks (I know, but I can't think of a better way to describe it), no alcohol at all.

Palate; sweet think condensed flowers, with light chocolate, and very soft prune.

Finish is medium and none drying.

Would love a bottle of the this to explore more. Much more!


Weighted Rate
90.6
Nose
92
Initial taste
90
Body
91
Finish
90
Price
90
Presentation
90
One life... Drink it well
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
25 Jul 2017 3:54 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 88 points

[March, 2014]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 122 Euro (239 Deutschmark) in December, 2000.

[April, 2002]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 156 Euro in February, 2005.

In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 87,5 both times.  Please see detailed review below.

There is no accounting for taste...

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