Macallan 1980

Overall rating
89.96/100
votes
80
Whiskybase ID
WB5417
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage
Vintage
1980
Bottled
1998
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oak Sherry
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010719187003
Added on
08 dec 2008 7:58 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 4344.89

26 × in wishlist

80 × member ratings

168 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Macallan 1980

14 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.96 points.

  1. kanpai79 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. Spoerkel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great variety of flavors, very well coordinated.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Plums, raisins, traces of lentils and some gum.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very fruity! In detail, dark fears, sherry, raisins, and finally bourbon vanilla
    • Finish
      90 90
      Nice and balanced. First, after a while, the raisins will disappear. Eventually, the bourbon vanilla will dissolve as well. The pleasant memories remain.

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo 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

  4. 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 ....

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

    :-)

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. SteveW110 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 526 € at Whiskyauction in Feb. 2015

  14. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    So many different aromas ... but they appear at one - you can nose this golden dram for hours, alway finding new overwhelming directions; fruits, chocolate, coffee,... all at the same time melting into a work of art - indescribable with a wonderful sweetness.

    Everything is always present.
    As you can see this really goes on in the taste and finish ...Incredible harmony with the casks - really the finest old Sherry casks (of what we've tasted so far), pure elegance, very clear but completely interwoven, immeasurable rich.

    'Like a large orchestra in perfect interaction in the mouth.' (A.Fuchs)

    Very chocolaty (partly bitter-tart) in nose, taste and feeling (combined with the nicest whiffs of fines alcohol).

    Simply wonderful ... and easy ... !

    Tasting with Armin Fuchs.
    • Nose
      old Sherry, old Sherry cask, chocolate-toffee cookie, cloth drowned in motor oil, sharply pickled plums, plums, dark cherry jam, sweet yeast bread with raisins, getting sweet, scouring milk, orange juice, grated lemon peel, alcoholic vanilla cream, noble milk chocolate, later dark chocolate, many pralines filled with fruit brandy, mocha-truffle, freshly brewed coffee (non-bitter);

      leather wallets, big leather armchair, sophisticated and well looked after parquet, coffee grounds, hints of sweet peaches, slightly fermented pineapple-pieces, hints of kiwi, creamy chocolate, cream candy (toffee), traces of old cognac, brandy bean, spruce needle extract, wood polish, spiciness, slight dryness leading to the idea of astringency, cask, coffee bean, association with some smoke in combination with the spiciness, excelsior impregnated with gasoline, hints of hair tonic (Birkin)
    • Taste
      cherry, wood, spiciness, sour orange juice, scouring milk, Sherry cask, sour berries, little vanilla, lemon juice, brandy, tartness, dark chocolate, coffee, hints of red wine with some astringency, slightly musty wood (old stable), old furniture, brandy beans, some pepper, espresso powder, cocoa powder, fruity, not very sweet (more fruit sweetness)
    • Finish
      cherries, plums, brandy bean and alcohol pralines, old and marvelous Sherry, dark chocolate, strong espresso, Sherry cask, spiciness leading to pepper, oak, aftertaste of kate bread, pleasant dryness, scouring milk, wood polish, coffee powder, tart chocolate biscuits, wood with old cognac, hints of vanilla, dark bitter truffle-chocolate, tartness

  15. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    This treasure is not really describable: 

    although many details can be named, it's overwhelming the overall impression and atmosphere of this masterpiece! 

    This whisky is revealed as a single organism, always alive, infinitely deep, sweet and dry at the same time, all nuances always available, … a not completely unfathomable mystery! 

    Amazing balance! 

    Highest admiration! 

    Re-tasting with FineSpirits_butler1
    • Nose
      'real whisky' flows into the space, currants, Sherry cask, dry Sherry, candied orange peel, grapefruit juice, fine milk chocolate, cherry syrup, the most extreme toffee, furniture polish, an incredible sweetness (but not 'sticky'!), orange mixed with subtlest smoke and wood, again and again highly aromatic vanilla sauce, cappuccino, fine cigar, astringency of a 'gentlemen room': wood parquet, leather armchair, bookshelf ..., scouring cream, pure tobacco leaf, sour grapes, chocolate mousse, raspberry, special seasoning, peppered shoe polish (?), pure wood, oil, rum raisins, fresh espresso, 'dominoes', meat broth, a hint of ham (from a distance), sponge fingers (?)
    • Taste
      Cocoa powder, orange juice, grapefruit juice, oranges, cherries, plums, Sherry, barrel, leather, wood, spice, Sherry cask, grapefruit, espresso, coffee powder, garage, astringency (round) with dark chocolate, gentlemens salon, cigar smoke, some vegetables, furniture polish , plum tray, impression of herbs, meat broth ?, pickled plums, rum pot, coffee, a pinch of salt, Russian Zupfkuchen, baked bananas, old cushion
    • Finish
      Orange, toffee, grapefruit juice, wood, cherries, pickled plums, dark chocolate, tobacco (cigar), some vegetables (kohlrabi? cabbage?), some lemon, spicy Sherry cask, pleasantly tart-sweet, 'Tupperware', vegetable stock, citrus peels (continued), Sherry cask lined with chocolate , cocoa powder, espresso flavor; 

      Finish is not very long.

  16. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Yes!

    I got the bottle end of the '90s - I remember: less than 100 DM!

    So I have to give a really high Price rating …

    But this whisky is definitely ADORABLE !!! 

    Some people would say: 'Yes: I'm in heaven'!

    This is really an experience as unity, entirety!
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  17. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    This is just pure quality - experience!

    Finest casks, best Sherry - sweet and dry at the same time throughout.

    Indescribable deep and united.

    Thanks!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  18. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    a real CLASSIC !!! (94 points)

    I will do a tasting note soon … - maybe together with FineSpirits_butler1.

  19. Feusi scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    That was over the millenium my favorite. Really pleasant drinkable. Intensive sherry notes with a fine wood and a hint of smoke, so well balanced, hard to find.

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