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Macallan 21-year-old

Overall rating
89.55/100
votes
31
Whiskybase ID
WB57830
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Fine Oak
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Bourbon and Sherry Oak
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label
Barcode
5010314049706
Added on
02 Sep 2014 7:19 pm by Norbs

Average value

€ 780.00

18 × in wishlist

31 × member ratings

80 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 21-year-old

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.55 points

  1. praisethepasta did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A solid, good whisky, worth around €100 - €150, but it’s dressing up and pretending to be something it’s not. €600-€800 for a bottle is beyond taking the piss, it’s daylight robbery. There is very little, if anything, that makes Macallan, on the whole, stand out to other quality whiskies, justifying the excessive prices. So, in my opinion, this seems a bit like a scam.
    • Nose
      things start of soft, with honey, stone fruit (peach, apricot), with floral and grassy notes, leading into faint (baking) spices. It’s all very subtle. Not tame, mind you, but understated, like there is a promise of depth and complexity, without actually being complex or delivering depth. A few drops of water takes away the veil and kicks some life into it. The spices now jump out, leaving us with the mental image of Christmas cake and pastry.
    • Taste
      it’s noticeably more ‘intense’, but surprisingly also a bit sharp, while the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Again the grassy, floral elements are there, but also some cereal notes and of course the spices, leading into a slight woody bitterness. Here again, a drop of water brings out the spices. Overall, you can tell there is quite a bit of age to this malt, but everything remains understated.
    • Finish
      On the finish, the mouthfeel is dry, with spices and herbal notes doing the talking. Complex, but closed and enigmatic even.

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