N: A sherry-compact malt with a winey-‘plonk’ character, it’s plenty oaky and a touch sulphury. The whole thing would be over-stewed if the presentation weren’t so soft and forgiving.
T: Good arrival yet somewhat pokey, it’s old & foosty overall with winey-sherried raisins journeying.
F: Long, dry & dusty with more winey notes on raisins & old prunes - a la Glenalba 25yo WB.
C: This old 18yo is certainly no masterpiece, but it’s disheveled nature wins me round as a drinker - after all, I’m a fan of the old, stewed & pokey Glenalba [at half the price], though the Speymalt at £60 is more than reasonable given the kudos attached to the Macallan brand.
Scores a C+