I never normally pay much attention to Macallan at auction but I was surprised to see this 60’s miniature going at a relatively reasonable price. Had others spotted a rat? I was a little suspicious, not only because of the lack of bids. It was something about the unusually dark label. I decided to take a punt anyway which is what often happens in the dying minutes of an auction when I start rummaging through the stragglers.
N: Slow to emerge from its 34+/- years incarcerated in glass, nearly twice as long as cask. A very potent nose, modern potent, CS potent. First up come mineral burnt toffee notes with a raw, woody, rich fruity linseed oiliness, distant fusty candy and peanuts. Smells like a blend of mixed cask types, possibly even bourbon matured spirit with a sherry finish. Not a great deal here. Blind, I’d guess around 12yo.
T: Yikes, a huge arrival - [abv] prickly, youthful, modern style, cask strength? I smell & taste a rat. This is no 1960’s anything!
F: Short and finishing with bitter toffee and a touch of fresh cream vanilla.
C: Tasty malt but definitely not a 43% 1965 Macallan. More the ilk of a current Aberlour A’bunadh or Glenfarclas 105. This is the second certain fake I’ve had. Scores a B[-]/86 points for the competent whisky it is, the name of which we shall never know. As for the faker[s], investigations have begun!