Macallan 1851 Inspiration

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
New Label
41.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L0473G L11 28:06
Added on
07 jun 2009 8:02 pm

Average value

€ 911.88

23 × in wishlist

69 × member ratings

243 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Macallan 1851 Inspiration

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.39 points.

  1. TsiAI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Macallan 1851 Inspiration 41.3% Vol

    Smell: cup wake, sandalwood, cream, cappuccino, sweet and sour fruit, honey citrus, cinnamon pie, caramel apple. Wake up again, there are more de-fruit pulp, tropical fruit puree, coffee + oak, rose, jasmine, lavender perfume. Continue to wake up, tobacco, earth, floral perfume, passion fruit soap, fermented sourness. Smell rich and changeable, stretch and pleasant 90/100
    Taste: similar to flower and fruit essential oil, fruit mousse, whipped cream, latte, cigarette, wrapper, lavender + jasmine + rose essential oil, dried mango, honey passion fruit, bamboo leaf water, fleshy fruit 89/100
    Body: oily, medium body, generally full 87/100
    Ending rhyme: long, oak, coffee grounds, flower and fruit 87/100
    Overall: 89/100, this should be the most memorable one of the Macallans I have ever drunk. The degree of change and richness shown by the cup to wake up and smell the fragrance is wonderful.

  2. nallacam scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Seldom had such a weak Macallan in the glass, not to mention a crazy PLV.
    No expression, no strength, very thin and incredibly atypical.

  3. whiskypiu scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2008]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 70 Euro in January, 2008.

    [September, 2009]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 70 Euro in January, 2008.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 82,5 and 85.  My notes state an easy to drink but otherwise unspectacular dram.  This was one of the greatest marketing disasters of the whisky industry.  The Edrington Group bought very old Macallan bottles at different auctions for a hell of money and then created this Replica series (1861, 1841, 1876 and others) that were sold for serious money too.  They sent a sample of the original 1851 bottle to a scientific institute for a detailed analysis and they found out that this simply was a fake (you know, every sealed item on earth can easily checked if it was sealed before all the atomic bomb tests in the fifties or after that).  So Macallan had to rename this to "Inspiration" (meaning it is not a replica, but it is inspired by... a fake!)  ROFLing!!!!!

    Such things happen when greed eats brain...

  5. Achany scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. drkrylov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. Malt Hans scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and floral aroma, cloves, ripe orange,

    raisins, mango, peat and resin. Honey sweet taste, cardamom, anise,

    roasted chestnuts, vanilla and peat. Medium long, spicy and peaty end.

  8. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The Macallan is a single malt Scotch whisky, produced at Macallan Distillery near Easter Elchies House, at Craigellachie in the Speyside region.


  9. Drochaid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    Deep AmberNoseCitrus balanced with sweet vanilla


    Fruity with wood and a light oaky character


    Light oak, wood spice and malt


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