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Macallan 1973 GM

Overall rating
93.70/100
votes
35
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Speymalt
Vintage
1973
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
42 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
20 Jul 2015 7:10 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 2295,07

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1973 GM

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.70 points

  1. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    With such a malt the expectations are of course very high and against this background the conclusion is also to be evaluated. But if a malt costs over 1,000 EUR, then you can be critical. The nose is awesome and sherrydominiert as expected. There are no mistakes or nooks and crannies in the nose, but at the same time still much to discover. You can enjoy this nose for a very long time, but you get a similar experience but also for a lot less money. Taste and finish are the very fruity-sweet nose but quite strong contrary. These are influenced by the influence of European oak, really dominant spices, herbs and resin notes. In the finish even a bit too gin-heavy. The sweetness goes completely, the sherry fruit partly under. That's too bad. It is, without a doubt, a great dram that lacks the Olympus but lacks balance in the overall picture because the impressions of the nose are too different from the taste / finish. You also have to be a fan of this massive oak cargo.
    • Nose
      This dram is already an experience before the first smelling. The dark color, the viscous drops on the glass wall and the thoughts of 1973 make you want more.
      The sherry is already in the room. A first tentative smelling brings many impressions of sweet sherry, red ripe cherry and old oak cabinet wall. First of all, the sherry dominates the picture, a powerful creamy and intense sweetness, honey, fruit compote of ripe plums, cherries, raisins, sultanas, blackberries, very ripe strawberries, the oak pushes sometimes less intervening and shows presence. The dark red fruit salad is now added a splash of lemon juice and cut sweet orange juice, milk chocolate, coated with chocolate dates, figs. Contrary to the intense sherry fruit and the perceptible oak tones vibrates constantly a fresh herbal note like mint, probably also resin and this "freshness" of conifers, cinnamon and bitter cocoa powder, the softwood (pine) is more pronounced, dry coconut flakes, a great, very delicious sherry-dominated nose
    • Taste
      tart and less sweet than expected, really dry intense sherry with fruitiness, strong oak, oak, resin, pine, berry, plum, the mouth sticks to dryness, walnuts, orange peel, tart chocolate, tobacco, leather, not quite ripe figs, passion fruit , incredibly mouth-filling without being sweet (later, no sweetness is more noticeable), minimal honey, really strong spicy oak
    • Finish
      a strong note of mint and resin spreads dry at first in the mouth, cough drops, oak, chocolate, kräutrig, some resin, gin-like, significantly less fruit, dry Virginia tobacco, again figs, Nussigkeit, dry orange peel, lasts long lasting until eternal the massive oak freight

  2. Goethe scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    After a great nose this 42y old Macallan is quite a bit weak on the palate. There is a great texture but somehow it would have been better with a stunning cask. A great malt but you would not expect it staying for 42y just in a sherry casks.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
    • Nose
      Sherry, dark fruits (berries), cooked plums, orange zest, tobacco, old leather seats, chocolate.
    • Taste
      Dark sherry coffee, oranges, tobacco, dark and red fruits, great texture.
    • Finish
      Medium. Oak, leather, hints of dry sherry, blackberry.

  3. Flynn Taggart scored this whisky 99 points Member Senior

    definitely the Best! Wow !!! You have to try!!!
    • Nose
      Very rich Sherry, Raisin, Dark Fruits, filling the air instantly
    • Taste
      old oak, dark chocolate and coffee, very rich and thick, Sweet and Pepper, very balanced nad mouth warming
    • Finish
      long and lasting, very deep...

  4. Speymalt scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      The smell of aromatic pipe tobacco is spreading in the room. I crushed the juicy, dark orange and dribble the juice over the tipsy plums. A touch of cinnamon and sliced, dark chocolate counterbalance the compote. A dash of rose water and some raisins are reminiscent of a good old rum. The beeswax candle burns down slowly and the table still smells of fresh polish. I open the old wooden window and immediately I smell the pine forest outside.
    • Taste
      The orange in the aroma now fully clad the mouth. Chocolates made of dark chocolate and red pepper warm the mouth and make it noticeably creamy and buttery.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the espresso warms and the European oak gives off its powerful, full spice. The taste of dried orange and sherry remains and does not fade.

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