Macallan 1997 GM

Overall rating
86.32/100
votes
84
Whiskybase ID
WB68856
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Speymalt
Vintage
1997
Bottled
08.05.2015
Casktype
1st Fill & Refill Sherry Hogsheads
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5020613053922
Added on
04 jun 2015 10:18 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 100.78

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Whisky reviews for Macallan 1997 GM

21 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.32 points.

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Pretty yummy, I really like the fruit notes, for the taste 90 € are not a bargain, but go OK, for an 18er Macallan the price was more than fair.
    • Nose
      it greets again when pouring - a delicious cloud of fruit salad flies towards me, tropical impact, a lot of ripe pear ... in the glass then rather orange, nougat and a velvety, dry spice, cinnamon, cloves (very subtle)
    • Taste
      the fruit is short here Hello - Haribo white (pineapple), overripe banana; then takes over creamy milk chocolate and white pepper, after a few seconds of strong, dark chocolate, oak and a hint of bitter grapefruit
    • Finish
      medium to long, dry, the oak dominates, a bit sharpness and bitterness, but rather gentle, in addition to grapefruit

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  3. BehindSpace scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Achany scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    fruity, extremly well balanced, smooth, honey and vanilla, some hints of dried fruits, some roasted apples, not overly complex, just a fine dram. finish is all right, malty and fruity as well.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. DocF scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Maybe some sulfur. A mature refill sherry whisky. Not necessarily my thing, but for 18yo Macallan with formerly ~ 80 € surprisingly cheap. ~ 85P
    • Nose
      Discreetly. First removed citrus notes, then roses. A little tree juice, then green apples. Later ripe oranges and Reneclauden. Vanilla and yeast dough. Dry wood, malt. Minimally lit matches.
    • Taste
      Tart, fruity, soft, malty, sour oranges, freshly sawn wood, currants.
    • Finish
      Slightly bitter, tart and fruity, coffee and green apples. Afterwards yeast dough. Rather short.

  7. HW74 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Vince' scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Color: rose gold Nose: Orange, cherry and tart oak tones pour from the glass. Generally a pleasant acid. One recognizes in each case the typical Macallan character in the drop again. In the second attempt, I associate marzipan and mint, generally with more oxygen and a very light pinch of vanilla sugar. All in all balanced between fruit and oak, whereby one can already hear in the nose that the drop does not belong to the young generation. Taste: Prickling on the tongue, but pleasantly fruity, again towards orange or mild lime. In the course of the fruit goes back and bitter almond, cinnamon, nutmeg, mint and some chocolate to speak as well. I really do not like really strong flavors like coffee / espresso, but a nice black tea note that develops relatively quickly in the mouth and stays in the mouth for a relatively long time. The medium-long to long finish is characterized by a residual fruit reminiscent of orange peel. An association of peppermint also remains on the palate. Conclusion: tasty, elegant and complex. There is a lot in it, but without really showing an edge in the aroma. I really succeed!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Pretty unspectacular ... I started out with subtle notes, as you would expect from other old G & M bottlings ... unfortunately there's nothing there. The finish is still the best of malt. Otherwise he falls under the category "I do not need it again"

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    a tart, spicy malt, the sherry notes are a little sulfurous, in a way that one might suspect the malt also slightly peated, exciting, valuable, but not necessarily my taste
    • Nose
      Old oak, sherry-toned wax, slight smoky notes of sulfur, spicy notes of wood, strawberry jam, on the edge plums and cinnamon
    • Taste
      Berry jam, pepper, tingling heavy voluminous oak, slightly spicy - spicy acidity, sulphurous dirtiness, sweetness, slightly thick, chocolaty
    • Finish
      Nuts, seasoning, creamy, dry, medium to long

  11. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A great 18-year-old Speymalt which is characterized by the harmonious change of its fruity nose and the spicy wood and spice flavors in the taste. A pleasant "afterburner" lets the finish stay in the memory for a long time. In the taste I have hoped for a little more fruit, but the spicy and slightly tart taste is a fine contrast to the nose. I like it!
    • Nose
      Clear and bright amber shimmers from the glass. Fine and subtle sherry aroma rises slowly from the glass, after a few seconds the nose opens. Orange slices, apricot pieces and overripe bananas suddenly dominate the nose. Oily and tough streaks run down the glass wall, a subtle cinnamon note comes to light. Honey, toffee and caramel rise from the fruity aroma, here and there a touch of vanilla, then the nose suddenly becomes grassy and an indefinable spice note comes to mind.
    • Taste
      Fresh, clear and slightly watery is my first impression. Then followed by spicy oak notes paired with milk chocolate. At first, subtle grapefruit flavors become more intense, and walnuts and dried berries are added. Spicy notes now dominate the taste, a hint of white pepper shows and fruity elements flash over again. Despite only 43% alcohol content, the palate slowly fills with sharpness. With an immature walnut aroma, the taste goes into the finish.
    • Finish
      The slightly bitter walnut aroma mixes at the beginning of the departure with subtly bitter and tart wood elements. The sharpness gradually fades and spicy notes of wood mix again with walnut flavors. The departure is remembered for a long time.

  12. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity. Passion fruit, yellow cherries, vanilla. Honey with a little sherry and a hint of candle wax. Freshly mown grass.
    • Taste
      Autumn fruits, some honey and mild sherry. Subtle spices. Milk chocolate with grapes and nuts.

  13. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Whisky Tasting: Macallan Speymalt 18J-1997/2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akwi8ZvCgvQ

  14. Unclimbability scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Colour: Light Amber

    Body: Medium

    Nose: Sherry and apple, lovely fruity combo. Raisin, mango, malt, sweet honey, a floral note- Wild heather, quite old school with oily barley, fruit tea, spicy apple tea, cinnamon and ginger. Lovely balance.

    Water: As with the Ruby- More reminiscent of Autumn. Forest floor, wet trodden leaves, barley sugar, crystallised honey, golden raisins.

    Taste: Sweet arrival with barley sugar, then sweeter fruit, red and green apples, sour lemon citrus, malty, nutty dry oak, quite oily, honey and beeswax, building spicy ginger and white pepper, a small spirity note- vodka, some light bitterness coming out with some dark chocolate and liquorice, then toffee into the finish.

    Water: Soft, building up with orchard fruit, red apple, golden raisins, soft spice, lovely fresh orange then some oak goes into the finish but not as bitter as before.

    Finish: Medium length. Warming with bright toffee and a little dry oak.

    Notes: Bottled 2015 at 18 years. From Sherry and Bourbon barrels I believe. Nose is a stunner but the taste is a little worse and the finish is a little worse again.

  15. Bishlouk scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Sweet. Caramel, lacquered wood, black grapes. Palate: Too diluted, I only taste water at first. After a long time in the mouth, black grape syrup, glue / putty. Final: Short. Everything dies very quickly. Dry dust, menthol notes. Verdict: The nose is round and nice. The rest takes a lot of time to put in place in the mouth. A sweet and greedy whisky, but a little soft.

  16. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTE LMDW Color: dark gold. Nose: sherry influence and aromas of green apple, raisins and mango. Polish notes of beeswax and charcoal. Palate: aromas of white pepper, banana, nutmeg and dates. Dark chocolate and embers of bonfire. Final: mid-long with a hint of persistent coal.

  17. McGipi did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Super Macallan
    • Nose
      süss vom Sherry, fruchtig
    • Taste
      würzig, komplex, süss, 
    • Finish
      langer Abgang, würzig, lecker

  18. Speedo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    In the nose I immediately notice sweet sherry, chocolate bananas and apples. The alcohol behaves very discreet and pleasant. Delicious!

    Also in the mouth it is wonderfully round. It replicates the impression of sherry, chocolate and fresh fruits to which floral notes slowly and subtly join. No trace of sharpness, in my opinion very harmonious.

    The finish is gentle / medium, the sweetness remains in the mouth for a while.

  19. MadScientist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. Noface83 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Nice nose. Orange peel with wax coating, beautiful malty, a fruit note reminiscent of exotic fruits (including Lychee). But also homegrown fruits like pear get through. A nice freshness and the fruits show that there were not too heavy sherry casks in the game. Only a slight spicy note (clove) and nut notes are noticeable.
    Taste: very soft on the tongue. Overripe exotic fruits and a beautiful pepper note. Does not have as much to offer in the mouth as in the nose. Only backwards he shows his age and a nice depth again. Dry Oloroso notes, spicy oak, herbs, grapefruit and dark chocolate. The woody bitter aromas remain the longest in the finish.
    Very delicious Macallan of course sets a completely different direction than the 18er Sherry bombs. He looks more subtle and mature than the OAs. But somehow the sherry freight of the 18er OA ^^ is missing
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. Dreamdramer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  22. Butz75 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      81 81

  23. irrerelevant scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    nose The Brennereicharakter is there, Macallan typical cool freshness, lightness, mineral and slightly maritime, hay, grasses, "typical" Speyside, sweet overripe pear, marzipan, you can see the 18 years, hazelnut syrup, slight Sherry influence, sweet wine spritzer, white gummy bears (Pineapple), some dry oak in the background, very intertwined, now and then hints of carnation
    Addendum: find something liqueur, maybe cherry
    taste Great mineral flavor, the Brennereicharakter is above all, very complex, again the white gummy bears, dry straw, soft, restrained, there is some oak, a little light sherry, champagne, herbs, a bit bitter (towards grapefruit), yeast dough
    leaving Medium-short, mineral, straw, soft, very dry, falls slightly off nose and taste
    Great variety, distinguished, reserved, but also demanding. Seems a bit pale in taste at first glance. No fat fat sherry keg, no finish or smoke, nothing that bumps or distracts you, more Brennereibetont. You have to deal with the malt, but it pays off. reminds me here and there of the 21er Glenfarclas and the 23er Craigellachie. I find it better in a small glass. The finish is a bit weaker than hoped ...

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