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Overall rating
86.47/100
votes
80
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

18 × in wishlist

80 × member ratings

150 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1997 GM

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.47 points

  1. 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

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  3. 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.

  4. HW74 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. 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

  6. wbarchive_104650 scored this whisky 83 points 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"

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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