N: Dark sherry nose, oranges [chewy/dried], pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg. Big woody presence, spicy, honey and Worcester sauce. lots here if you want to work hard enough. The most pleasing gentle sherry nose ive sniffed
T: sweet sherry arrival, perfectly at ease, high quality sherry arrival. Mellow for an 18, easily held in the mouth. Everything is really easy with oudles of honey and butter with italian herbs, coffee note all supported with the most sophisticated and polite wood tannin levels. All quite intense and subtle, everything is just so.
F: Fairly long, spey grain appearing with mild tannins, all coated in popcorn butter. Spicy peppery note appears at the death
C: In some ways a simple daily drinker, on the other a subtle and complex malt. Those familiar speyside wood tannins so often a little too bitter for me are in perfect balance against the honey grain. This isnt an overly exciting malt and it reminds me of the [perfectly boring] Lagavulin 16. That isnt fair of the Mac 18, this is perfectly delightful. You dont have to work hard with this unless you want to. I see why this has gained such a following, held up as the model Speysider. Scores highly for its pure clean sherry nose alone.
Scores an A-
LAST DRAM OF THE BOTTLE AND FINAL THOUGHTS
N: Woody, sherried, slow matured, balanced malt
T: Vibrant wood tingles - bitter sweet and a big malty mouthful with the unnecessary caramel - unnecessary because it naturally becomes sweeter and thicker as that sherried maturation shows off its 18 years.
F: Aniseed, caramel and vanilla with a fresh woody finish.
C: This particular bottle is tired and needed finishing months ago. In general however, the Macallan 18 is a very good drinker as many people will testify but with prices now reaching £200 at time of writing, theres a lot of competition around for your hard earned cash and your palate - Yamasaki 18 £148, Highland Park 18 £95, Glendronach 18 [Allardice] £53 and plenty of Glendronach single cask vintages for half the cost,…. and lets not forget that we are only paying these ridiculous prices because of short-term business practises and a lack of invest shortfall back in the day. I know where my money's going.