Macallan 30-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Oak
Stated Age
30 years old
Sherry Oak Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Blue Label
Added on
12 apr 2009 4:55 pm

Average value

€ 12292.44

69 × in wishlist

80 × member ratings

192 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Macallan 30-year-old

14 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.00 points.

  1. Flynn Taggart scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. Iron Lung scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    A really good Macallan.
    The price has of course become abstruse.
    Everyone who has the chance to try this should do so too.
    The harmony of the sherry and the interplay of the flavors are fantastic.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Really old dark sherry, plum, dusty, even slightly floral in the background, orange peel, smells thick
    • Taste
      94 94
      Thick, rich and yet clear Sherry / Macallan profile, plum, wood
    • Finish
      95 95
      Endlessly long, plum, slightly cherry-like, really watery in the mouth, sherry, woody, old, orange

  3. BenNevis scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    I did a tour and tasting at the Macallan distillery in about 2002. Back then you got to do though all the range. Starting with 10yo then the cask strength, 12, 18, 25 and then this 30yo. There was an American on the tour with us and he was driving so he didn't drink any of his so he offered them to me. I couldn't let them go to waste ;) Its quite a long walk back to Cragellachie when your a little drunk ;)

  4. rhnc scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Overrated old Macallan. Nice and old with Macallan notes but nothing more.

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Old and Rare 2020. Expected sherried profile, pretty much faultless, excellent dram.

  6. DaviDave did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Sold at a auction on ebay for 3460€
    January 29, 2020


  7. Thorleifs scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Had the chance to ty this yesterday. Nice wood on the nose, sweet sherry goodness. A little coffey, chocolates, old style sherry whisky.
    On the palate I found it a bit thin. Not that full mouth coating oilyness that I love.
    Taste was great tho on the same theme as on the nose. A little bitterness from the oak but nothing bothering.
    I had a 2cl sample and no drams prior to this one so mouth and nose was fresh.

    I totally agree with Gregg or Linconimp on this one. The hype and price over this one is just dumb. It’s not worth it by any means. Not even that great a whisky.

    Just shows how stupid the industry has become. It’s not about great taste anymore but tends to be about hype, brand, value and what not. Sad is what it is..

  8. Allandale scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A medium to full body.
    • Nose
      Polished oak. The faintly piney,floral aromas of furniture polish.The waxed skin of fresh tangerines. Orange zest.
    • Taste
      Despite its great age,no aggressive  oakiness or overbearing sherry. Tightly combined flavours. Its great appeal is its mellow maturity. Complex.
    • Finish
      Dry, warming, soothing, but disappears too quickly.

  9. ctu scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly not thin the 43% ABV, it's powerful. Sherry and oak are wonderful. Fruitness is rich. Spices are intense. All together is amazing composition.
    • Nose
      Sherry, earth, orange peel, chocolate and milk coffee. Plum, peach and pear. Oak.
    • Taste
      Tannic bitter oak comes better than the nose with big tannins,
      that the sweet fruits balanced it beautiful. Especially orange jam and plum.
      Sour, acidic citruses. Pepper, nutmeg and ginger. Coffee.
      All in a creamy, silky, buttery robe. Awesome.
    • Finish
      Long, clean, oaky and fruity.

  10. jay83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    @ lincolnimp:

    Thank you very much, i do absolutely agree ! This bottling has to be left to the collectors. In terms of quality there are much more complex and stunning sherry monsters out there. Not only concerning the relationship between cost and performance (price over 5000 Euros!) this one is really disappointing... (lacks complexity and body!)

  11. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The nose is excellent and the best part for me.

    I had a chance to buy one of these for around £500 roughly 3 years ago ( maybe longer), I wish I had a time machine, to this day Its one of my biggest whisky regrets for a non purchase.

    BUT being completely honest it is nothing special and there are plenty sherried IB whisky that is better than this, why it is deemed so worthy of value is beyond me because the quality of the liquid does not get near the absurd prices people pay for it.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  12. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Its easy to wax lyrical when this is such a famed bottle and it is very good but it is not exceptional which is what you would believe reading all the plaudits it has had.

    Initially I thought this was a little bitter but the sweetness did develop after time.

    Its very good, maybe I was expecting a little too much.

    The nose is lovely, one of the best but the palate lagged behind for me.
    • Nose
      Rich sherry, dark chocolate, rich chocolate sponge cake, dark orange marmalade.

      Chocolate truffles, hints of freshly roasted coffee

      You get the picture, it rich and sherried and lovely, a sherry heads dream.
    • Taste
      It tastes old as there is some oaky bitterness mixed in with prune juice, coffee, dark bitter chocolate and hints of orange/orange marmalade.

      Give it time and it does get sweeter on the palate and much more to my liking.
    • Finish
      Medium/long  on rich sherry with orange notes to the end.

  13. jcwb scored this whisky 99 points Member Junior

    Hand signed by Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno!

  14. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. mmaclean scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    This was on my Wishlist and happy to say I got my Wish!!! Read the below comment.

  16. BenNevis scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    This has to be the finest whisky I have ever tasted, If you like sherried whisky this is as good as it gets.

  17. mmaclean scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    So awesome!!! It pays to check out every liquor store you can. This nice gem was found for a low cost of 699$ US it is pretty unbelievable when I saw it myself. Keep searching Men there bound to be more out there. I know I will keep looking. Enjoy the search and have a great year!


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