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Macallan 1962

Overall rating
91.21/100
votes
16
Whiskybase ID
WB72850
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Anniversary Malt
Vintage
1962
Bottled
1987
Stated Age
25 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Bottled for
Corade Paris
Added on
08 oct 2015 7:05 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 5961.60

8 × in wishlist

16 × member ratings

19 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1962

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.21 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I am a little puzzled by this one, I have had 62 Macallan before and it was much better than this.
    I wonder what the fill level was of this bottle when it was opened?
    Still nice but it cannot make it to 90 points which I am surprised about, the colour of this is also lighter than expected.
    The palate could not deliver what the nose promised.
    So a nice early 60`s Macallan that does not get to lift off, it just gets stuck on the launchpad, shame.
    • Nose
      92 92
      My first impression of the nose is slightly floral and delicate with a refined sherry note in the background so it is a good start.
      Orange, ginger, milk chocolate, faint white pepper and sweet peat but everything is balanced no one flavour dominates with more time in the glass red gooseberry and redcurrant mixed with blackberry.
      The spice , ginger and orange increase a little with time in the glass and the orange is now like breakfast marmalade,
    • Taste
      87 87
      This is really spicy and more powerful than I was expecting but there is a little oaky bitterness which I am surprised by.
      What is clear is the peat note has almost nullified the fruit aspect somehow, very little fruit coming through.
      2nd mouth full the peat is singing with a little pepper and the fruit which is orangey is trying to break through but can't.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is ok still a little peat, a little fizzy with distant fruits but for a Macallan fades a little quickly

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tried this at Old and Rare 2020 in London. Delicious dram, but seemed too delicate and underpowered compared to some of the stuff I tried there. 92-93 points.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Best sherried Scotch whisky 1936 vintage onwards, 75 whiskies tasted.

    This whisky was 70th out of 75

    Whisky Heaven 96 points average.

    1) Glen Cawdor 1964/1983 43%Duthies for Samaroli 95/96/96 - 96

    Gold Medal Drams 95 Points average

    2) Caperdonich 1966 32 year cask 134 53.1% Signatory 95/95/95 - 95
    3) Glen Avon 1974 sherry cask 59.9% G&M 94/95/95 - 95
    4) Inchgower 1975 25 year 49.7% cask 9176 Kingsbury 94/95/95 - 95
    5) Strathisla 1967/1986 57% Duthies for Samaroli 94/95/95- 95
    6) Glengoyne 1972 40 year 55.5% Mos 1244 Diamonds 96/95/94 - 95
    7) Inchgower 1965 39 year cask 5423 48.1% Jack Wiebers 95/94/95 – 95
    *8) Macallan 1952 15 year 80 proof Rinaldi Import* 85/96/94 – 92
    But 95 for palate & finish average.
    Note
    The Macallan 1952 probably would have come 2nd if the nose had scored similar to the palate and finish, it would be unfair to push it any further down the pecking order and it was, along with the Glen Cawdor 1964 the only whisky I gave a 96p for the palate. It is where it is because the nose let it down and had a burnt off note I did not like but the taste was lovely.

    Silver Medal Drams 94 Points average

    9) Tobermory 1972 23 year 50% MI De Viris Illlustribus 94/95/94 - 94
    10) Glenfarclas 105 40 year 60%OB 94/95/94 – 94
    11) Glen Mhor 30 year Bar Metro 60.1% 94/95/94 – 94
    12) Dallas Dhu 1982 24 year cask 3739 OB 93/95/94 - 94
    13) Springbank 35 year 46% Millenium OB 93/95/94 - 94
    14) Macallan 1939 70 proof GM OB 93/95/94 - 94
    15) Glenglassaugh 1972 38 year cask 2891 59.1% ob 94/94/95 - 94 19247
    16) Tobermory 1972 OB purple label 32 year 49.5% 94/95/93 – 94
    17) Longmorn 1968 SMWS 7.27 53.8% 93/94/95 - 94
    18) Aberfeldy 19yr manager’s dram 1991 61.3% 94/94/94 - 94
    19) Balblair 1966 38 year 44% ob 94/94/94 - 94
    20) Speyburn 1975 cask 3413 55.4%OB 94/94/94 - 94 41085
    21) Glen Avon 15 year 57% Avonside whisky 93/94/94 – 94
    22) Glen Grant 1964 50 year cask 4462 gm 93/94/94 - 94
    23) Glenlossie 1972 17 year 57.7% Sestante 93/94/94 – 94
    24) Tamnavulin 35 year Forrester cask 3087 52.6% OB 93/94/94 - 94
    25) Blair Athol 21 year moon import the cars 93/94/94 - 94
    26) Talisker 1981 20 year 62% 93/94/94 - 94
    27 )Longmorn 1974 33 year laird bottling 43.7% 93/94/94 -94
    28) Mortlach 14 year 57% sestante 95/93/94 - 94

    Bronze Medal Drams 93 Points average

    29) Balmenach 14 year 1971 57.5% ob sestante 93/94/93 - 93
    30) Glenugie 1967 59.5% sherry wood Sestante 92/94/93 - 93
    31) Talisker 1957 57% GM black label 92/93/94 - 93
    32) Glenfarclas 21 year unblended 51.5% Edward Giaccone 93/94/92 – 93
    33) Jura 1966 30 year 51.6% cask 1868 Signatory 92/93/94 - 93
    34) springbank 1966 58.1% cask 443 LB 95/93/92 - 93
    35) Highland Park 1973 34 year OB cask 6384 46.5% 92/93/93 - 93
    36) Tamdhu 1962 44 year 43% GM 92/93/93 - 93
    37) Millburn 1967 34 year omc 50% 93/92/94 - 93
    38) Laphroaig 1998 20 year cask 700296 54.6 WM 94/92/93 93
    39) Glenrothes 1947 28 year 43% ferrarato OB 94/93/91- 93
    40) Strathisla 1963 48 year 51.8% cask 576 GM 94/92/92 – 93

    92 points average

    41) Talisker 1955 50 year Secret Stills GM 91/93/92 - 92
    42) Bunna 1968 34 year 43.5% OB 93/93/91 – 92
    43) Glengoyne 1969/98 cask 3525 51.6% OB 93/93/91 - 92
    44) Glenlochy 1965 32 year cask 1528 47.9% 92/92/93 - 92
    45) Tomintoul 1966 44 year cask 5261 49.1% JW 93/92/92 - 92
    46) Caperdonich 1972 39 year cask 52.8% TWA 91/92/93 - 92
    47) Pride of Strathspey 1939 43 year gm (Macallan) 95/92/90 - 92
    48) Macallan 1958/59 25 year Anniversary OB 94/92/91 - 92
    49) Glenlossie 1938 43 years 40% GM 93/92/91 - 92
    50) Glenrothes 1966 36 year 51.8% cask 1438 OB 94/91/91 – 92
    51) Avonside 1938 39 year 43% (Glenlivet) GM 94/92/90 - 92

    91 points average

    52) Miltonduff 1966 22 year Pluscarden Valley 58.4% 88/93/93 - 91
    53) Avonside 1938 33 year 43% (Glenlivet) GM 89/93/92 - 91
    54) Glendronach 1972 cask 706 43 year 51.1% 90/92/92 – 91
    55) Glenfarclas 1964 40 year NC 1578 Recheirich 91/92/91 - 91
    56) Strathisla Decanter, Milton Distillery, William Longmire 90/92/91 - 91
    (Very rare whisky, early 1950`s peated Strathisla)
    57) Longmorn 1972 37 year 51.3% TWA 92/91/91 -91
    58) Highland Park 1960 dumpy 17 year 43% OB Ferraretto 92/91/90 - 91
    59) Glenrothes 1972 29 year Restricted Release 43% OB 90/91/91 - 91
    60) Aberlour 1964 25 year 43% OB 93/90/91 – 91
    61) Bowmore 1956 43% OB, pure islay malt seagull label 94/90/88 – 91
    62) Macphail’s 1938 Dram Taker’s 40% GM 92/92/89 – 91
    63) Bowmore 1970 34 year cask 4689 56.6% 92/91/89 – 91

    90 points average

    64) Old Speyside 1966 40 year 45.6% Taste Still 87/92/91 - 90
    65) Strathisla 1937 37 year 40% 70 proof GM 90/91/89 – 90
    66) Highland Park dumpy 19 year 43% OB Ferraretto Imp 91/90/89 – 90
    67) Benriach 1984 28 year 50.2% cask 1050 OB 89/89/91 - 90

    89 points average & under

    68) Auchentoshan 1970 21 year 43% ob, sherry 93/87/88 - 89
    69) Longmorn 1972 39 year 45% LMDW 93/88/87 - 89
    *70) Macallan 1962 25 year anniversary OB 43% 89/88/88 - 88
    71) Glen Grant 1936 decanter 50 year gm 85/89/88 - 87
    72) Ben Nevis 1967 41 year, cask 1281 49.4% 87/85/91 – 87
    73) Glen Grant 1953 58 year 47.9% GM 85/83/82 – 83
    74) Glenlossie 1975 44 year cask 2907 GM 86/65/70 – 73

    Tried right at the end Bonus Dram Daftmill cask 029/2009 sherry 61.1%
    91-92 points average

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Re taste for a h2h.
    the nose is nice enough but the palate lacks depth for a Macallan of this vintage, the initial flavour hit is a little hot and full of spice, lacks a little balance and sweetness for me.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/12/23/letting-go-8-uist/

    The last old [1965] vintage Macallan I came into close proximity with was certainly a fake. Whatever it was, it was good whisky, but there was no way it was from even the 1990s, let alone the 1960s. I sent the empty 5cl miniature back to the auction house to aid their investigations but didn’t receive any acknowledgement. Rest assured that this 1962 Anniversary bottling is the real deal, especially because it’s coming from ‘the man’ [Connors].

    N: And there we are, old skool sherry-matured malty Macallan. You can see why die-hard fans would wish for nothing else. To talk of the sweetness here is leagues away from what we might describe as sweet or sweetness in our daily lives. Then there’s the savoury aspect. ‘Umami’!

    T: The original bottling strength is such an important part of the preservation process, especially if one is to lay down already old spirit, for decades more in glass. Like many an old whisky from this era, this has become a little frail. This bottle might have peaked [perhaps] 5/10 years back, but despite the wateriness, there’s no lack of breadth, volume or mouthfeel. After that, no words, not even dad noises! Just hand gesturing and head nodding says it all.

    F: It finishes just as aptly as it began.

    C: Old-gold Macallan. Nothing unfathomable about it, nothing mystical nor other-worldly. Many can be quite similar in the respect that they are simply perfectly-formed moreish whiskies from start to finish. Get these bottles open, get them shared, and get them enjoyed, I say, or we may end up with a global glass library of unopened flat/dead bottles.

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