Macallan 1968 DT

Overall rating
92.43/100
votes
10
Whiskybase ID
WB91460
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Duncan Taylor (DT)
Bottling serie
Rare Auld
Vintage
06.1968
Bottled
12.2005
Stated Age
37 years old
Casktype
Oak Cask
Casknumber
5583
Number of bottles
94
Strength
51.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
12 jan 2017 5:18 pm by Mr.Sandwich
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1375.00

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Whisky reviews for Macallan 1968 DT

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.43 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2021] To be honest, I do not like the modern Macallan style which clearly is focussed on maximising (output) quantity (e.g., by using low-quality sherry casks seasoned with young wine only and fastened production processes). And I doubt this will change with the new "super-modern" distillery complex they just build (always remember, Macallan is owned by an investment group). Macallan still capitalises on the extraordinary quality of its releases until the mid-eighties vintages...

    ...like this one. Macallan once was named "The Rolls Royce of Malt Whisky" and this release proves why - it offers a myriad of different flavours and aromas even without a sherry cask maturation, and all are impressive within a harmonious profile. Just add excellent old-style sherry notes (using casks which contained long-matured sherry instead of young wine) and you will get an almost unbeatable sensory overkill which Macallan was famous for, long ago.

    But as long as customers buy the young and simple stuff at almost the same price level just because of the name the investment group does everything right (to their shareholders)...
    • Nose
      94 94
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers an impressive old-style profile of dozens of different ripe fruits, waxes, honeys and floral aromas. Without the heavy sherry flavours (most old Macallan releases were sherried drams) the excellent (old) distillery profile shines brightly in this nose with not a single off-note or imbalance. The wood is just about right to provide structure and a backbone but it stays in the background even after longer breathing, just like it should be (in old-style drams). Ooh, this is a nose to sniff forever (out of a big spherical blender's nosing glass) and I really have to push myself to do the first sip (out of a standard Glencairn, never drink out of glasses designed for nosing only - their taste is dull and unimpressive).
    • Taste
      95 95
      The taste is multi-multi layered on unbelievably rich fruits, waxes and oils joined by tasty spices and herbs as well as shy wooden impressions. This is a must chewer and it offers more flavours while doing so, hard to identify and name them all. There are earthy notes of wet forest floors and dumpy warehouses beside a salty touch (wow!) and resins. Some nuts pop up after a while and vanish as quickly as they came. And throughout all the layers there is this adorable old waxiness (which develops during unhurried production processes only hence it is hard to find in modern drams). To be honest: I do not miss the sherry in this taste!
    • Finish
      94 94
      The initial mouthfeel simply is adorable with an oily creamy texture covering all parts of my mouth within seconds. There is no bitter or drying moment despite a 37-years long maturation in an oak cask, triple wow! The finish is very long and vanishes in slowly fading waves which repeat all the great impressions of the taste. Again no astringent or bitter notes, this was a perfect refill cask which offered still enough wood to support the maturation processes but its own impact on the overall profile stayed limited even after 37 years. Some water releases a lot more aromas in the Glencairn's glass' nose which now comes close to that out of the blender's glass and the taste turns smoother and even more powerful than neat. Any further reduction kills the different layers but the dram stays very quaffable without flattening. This is another characteristic of excellent drams: They swim graceful in any waters, just like dolphins!

  2. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

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