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Macallan 40-year-old

Overall rating
93.74/100
votes
37
Whiskybase ID
WB87873
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
40 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
500
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314303266
Added on
14 Oct 2016 12:53 pm by lrb85

Average value

€ 26679.29

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37 × member ratings

42 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 40-year-old

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.74 points

  1. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "In the spring of 2006, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno, and his team were meticulously crafting the annual release of The Macallan 30 Years Old Sherry Oak. A total of 27 sherry-seasoned oak casks had been carefully selected from 9 different years of distillation and laid down to mature.

    To begin the marrying stage – a significantly time-consuming element of the whisky-making approach adopted by The Macallan – most of the precious spirit from the 27 casks was combined and then filled into nine marrying casks at the customary marrying strength. But the instinct of the Master Whisky Maker led to a tenth cask being filled and laid back down. Already matured for three decades, the whisky in this refill butt was kept at its natural strength.

    When it reached 35 years of age in 2011 it was assessed again, and a conscious decision was made to allow the whisky to continue to mature and develop character. Finally, at 40 years of age, the time had come. This additional decade of careful maturation through to 2016 has produced a superlative and distinct single malt to add to the collection of rich, mature expressions from The Macallan. The resulting whisky, which is only the second ever non-vintage release of a 40 years old expression, is definitively The Macallan."

  2. Toppfolk scored this whisky 100 points Member Junior

    This Macallan i up there with the verry best

    My personal whisky favorite is a Glenfarclas family cask 1954, score 100. Other favorites are a 1976 Ardbeg, score 100 and a 1975 Ardbeg, score 98. The Glenfarclas 40yo series, with a 2011 beeing the best, score 97.
    I am a big fan of Macallan, I like the 18yo sherry cask series from Macallan verry much, with 1992-1995 scoring 94.
    • Nose
      This Macallan 40yo is full bodied and oily. A beauty to behold in the glass. The nose is elegant but thick and full. Smels of spices, christmas, dried fruits and nutts.
    • Taste
      Palate is soft, smooth and gentle. Sherry. Some spicyness but not to oaky, you get tastes of dryed fruit, orange, prune, fig. Even some fudge and coco.
    • Finish
      Long dry aftertaste. Keeps you happy.
      Elegant and surprisingly gentle whisky, yet complex with several layers. Perfectly balanced.

  3. to_be did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    watch auction 11/2020: https://whiskyauctioneer.com/lot/302723/macallan-40-year-old-2016-release

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