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Macallan 1998 GM

Overall rating
86.38/100
votes
100
Whiskybase ID
WB84284
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Speymalt
Vintage
1998
Bottled
05.05.2016
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
05/05/16 160404
Barcode
5020613624924
Added on
30 jun 2016 4:39 pm by maltaholic
Uncolored

Average value

€ 585.91

18 × in wishlist

100 × member ratings

221 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1998 GM

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.38 points

  1. The_Independent scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Spicy-sweet sherry nose, toffee, nuts, roasted almonds, rock candy, a little orange in the background.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong, spicy and aromatic right from the start. Still smooth and a bit peppery on the back. Sweet sherry, toffee, forest honey, milk chocolate, then coffee and some spicy wood.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length and creamy. Oak, coffee, chocolate and some BBQ sauce. Quite spicy and hardly any fruit.

  2. DocF scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Hui, he can do something. No flavor bomb, a decent, ripe sherry whisky, I like it very much. When it appeared, it was in a shop for a long time for € 75, which was a unique offer for this name and quality. Could have got some sulfur under certain circumstances. ~ 87P
    • Nose
      More sherry than in the 1997. Cinnamon, canned plums, fully ripe oranges, candy sugar. Hot coffee.
    • Taste
      Sweeter, rounder, less harsh than the 1997s. Sherrylastiger, yeasty, ripe oranges, ripe plums, dates, black coffee. A touch of beeswax.
    • Finish
      Longer, more fruity, orange and milk chocolate, malt. Again a little beeswax.

  3. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Intresting whisky. After the "poor" nose here is a sweet taste with a bitter finish.
    • Nose
      Fruits: apple, peach and orange, oak, sherry, honey, raisin and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Creamy. Sherry, sweet and sour citruses, honey, caramel and raisin.
    • Finish
      Medium length, bittersweet, oaky, spicy.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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+

  5. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at day 3 of the Usquebaugh Society BTC 2016. Day 2 sample.
    • Nose
      Orange and yellow fruits, peach, vanilla, butterscotsch, honey, some hay, some babana, some mint
    • Taste
      Fresh, hay, ripe red fruits, some honey
    • Finish
      Overripe red & yellow fruits, some peat, some smoke

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Candied cherry, apple, vanilla, yellow raisin, caramel and a slightly salty mushroom sauce. With water more malty and a little peach.
    • Taste
      Caramel, apple, yellow raisin, hazelnut, raspberry, malt and chestnut. Water brings up honey, cappuccino and more hazelnut. It can stand some water despite its low ABV.
    • Finish
      Yellow raisin, caramel, apple, hazelnut, honey and chestnut.

  7. maltaholic scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Golden brown, turning reddish.
    Very appetizing!

    In the nose initially only the oak.
    Mild and beautiful.
    A very light sweetness
    also some vanilla
    earth and sawdust.

    Quite tart and spicy in taste.
    Not your typical Macallan.
    I'm missing the sweetness.
    Should be a sherry cask.

    This one is tart with a fairly short finish.
    The empty glass again very aromatic.
    I do not know.
    Maybe another time…
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. bankimate scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. MY MALTS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A velvety soft drop was the ...
    Sherry without end ...
    I'm glad to have 2 more bottles ... ;-)

  10. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  11. RichardMayston scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Great way to try an 18yo Macallan. 

    My favourite of the night.
    • Nose
      Dry grass

      SweetSpicy 

      Fruit, beeswax, dark plums
    • Taste
      oranges and saw dust, but in a good way
    • Finish
      Orange zest and oily fish.

  12. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  13. Rick78 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      85 85

  14. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    not bad, not that good either. considering this is and priced as an 18 year old…meh
    • Nose
      fruits, oak, spices, sherry, musk, woodsy, bitter cinnamon, sugar, antique wood
    • Taste
      dark fruits, sherry, oranges, plums, raisins
    • Finish
      short-medium, salty wood, fruits, wood, flat sherry at the back followed by spicy bitter grass

  15. jankes scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

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