Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
18 years old
Oak Sherry
43.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
7 452
Added on
08 Dec 2008 7:58 pm

Average value

€ 3601.10

23 × in wishlist

73 × member ratings

155 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1980

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.34 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Pretty good
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dried fruits, raisins, plums, dates, fine oak wood, spices, whiffs of acacia honey - very good
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, punchy, subtle sweetness, little woody
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long, warm

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    What a complex and characterful malt. This Macallan impressively shows the character and variety of flavors a Macallan bottling from the 80's can have. The sherry aromas look surprisingly dirty, dried berries, spicy oak and a hint of sulfur contribute safely with their slightly musty and musty nature. With "only" 43% alcohol, the Mac's taste is a bit thin and weak on the chest, while the intense fruit and leather aromas make the relatively low alcohol content quickly forgotten. Old and solid, varied and complex, intense and yet mild ... A great bottling from the 80's and also a real old school whisky. I like it very much!

    23/23/22/23 (91P)
    • Nose
      Wonderfully intense amber with a silky red shimmer shines in the Premium Snifter. On the glass wall sticks a syrupy streak from the oily drops dissolve and slowly flow back into the glass. Old dried grapes and berries are immediately noticeable, roasted aromas and hazelnuts show up, and gradually dark sherry aroma comes into its own. Sun-kissed dates and raisins give off their lush bouquet, old oranges and ripe sour cherries mix with creamy milk chocolate. The nose is a bit "dirty" over time, I imagine a minimal sulfur perceive. Hints of old leather and dried tobacco leaves follow, a touch of furniture polish pulls through the nose while minimal grapefruit aroma exudes its sour scent. The furniture polish is intensified before sweet and creamy caramel dissolves and in combination with toffee and forest honey creates sweet elements. Spicy oak and dried berries play together, creamy milk chocolate melts in the sun, raisins inlaid in rum light up. Slowly the nose becomes dirtier and wooden again; Leather, spicy oak, tobacco and dried fruits end in furniture polish and a musty touch of sulfur. My salivation is getting more and more excited, I want to finally try the Mac!
    • Taste
      Mild, the first sip flows over the tongue. Spicy oak and dried berries leave a hint of furniture polish and moldy sulfur on the tongue, on the palate stick dark oranges and dates. Instantly, the salivation is intensified, subtle sharpness in the form of black pepper and tart wood tones clothe the palate, a subtle musty and meringue aroma runs through the throat. Grapefruit and dark caramel show up, a touch of fresh mint drifts through the mouth, freshly brewed espresso and milk chocolate combine with leather and tobacco to create a wonderfully contrasting, creamy, tart melange. Dried grapes and berries come into their own, sour cherries and zests of old oranges leave a tart fruit on the palate. The second sip flows bitter and bitter through the mouth. Again, musty and musty elements, spicy and old wood tones are flooded with dirty sherry aromas, raisins and dates float in the saliva, a pinch of crushed pepper is again distributed throughout the mouth. Sour grapefruit and intense mint create a refreshing counterpart to the dark and spicy wood flavors in combination with old leather, espresso and a few crumbs of harsh tobacco.
    • Finish
      At the moment the tart and spicy aromas dominate the reverberation. Again and again, fresh mint and citrus aromas, espresso and a touch of furniture polish provide dark and dark elements. Dark caramel and toffee are also in the finish, the dried berries and orange slices sparkle in the reverberation often, currently pulls an unusual blend of espresso, dark caramel, fresh mint and a vegetable note through the throat. The different and intense aromas stick a perceived eternity on the palate, the chubby heat slowly dissipates, while the tart and spicy aromas remain in memory for a long time. Mint, leather, espresso, spicy oak, discreet musty sulfur, caramel, cherries never seem to want to end. Furniture polish and leather stick between tongue and palate, the mouthfeel becomes oily and creamier. Again I have the feeling to perceive a subtle vegetable note ....

  3. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Dirty sherry from Macallan, quality stuff, but I drank better ones.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Restrainde sherry, lacquered wood, prune, vanilla and milk caramel.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Powerful and spicy. Bitter oak. Forrest fruits. Gooseberry, blueberry and blackcurrant.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, spicy, bittersweet.

  4. chlinatele scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately drunk late in the evening. Had a few drams ... Cool whisky. Very fine and awesome
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      94 94

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    There is no doubting the quality but its not a stand out Macallan for me.

    Its fine but the 1974 Speymalt G&M I had last night was better and had roughly the same sort of sherry influence from the cask, saying that it was 29 years old so perhaps the comparison is unfair
    • Nose
      Refined sherry, plum, chocolate truffle, hints of show polish and coffee with some rum and raisin mixed in.
    • Taste
      Rich and full but there is some bitterness initially. I get juicy raisins and blackcurrants.

      It gets better if you give it time and the bitterness goes, basically it gets sweeter.

      I also get a little stewed prune and dark slightly bitter chocolate.
    • Finish
      Again I find some bitterness in the finish but it is also quite elegent and certainly smooth.

  7. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    On 3. Sept. 2015 FineSpirits_butler1 and me emptied this bottle … -

    for us one of the most beloved 18 yo Macallans …

    Farewell, my friend!


  8. markkerr02 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2086%20Macallan%2018Y%20Vertikal.html Test 086: MacAllan 18Y vertical with Martin Markvardsen - 081129 Year Vote Score Bernt Points Per 1977 1 89 86
    1978 1 77 82
    1979 3 91 87
    1980 0 80 83
    1981 21 90 85
    1982 1 90 85
    1983 4 91 88
    1984 1 90 87
    1985 1 85 81
    1986 0 82 80
    1987 3 92 83
    1988 21 93 81
    1988 Fine Oak 1 84 90
    1989 0 82 86
    1990 1 90 87

  9. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    【First】: Feeling up (disappears with time) Grape apricot chocolate burnt feeling Alcohol Degree Over Caramel Acetic Feel 【Middle】: Body inflates 【Finish】: nose omission ◎ long lasting spicy http://www.whiskylink.com/?p=15740

  10. SteveW110 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful Macallan !!!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94


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