- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- distilled by R. Kemp, Macallan-Glenlivet
- Late 60s
- Stated Age
- 15 years old
- Sherry Cask
- 80 (proof)
- 757 ml
- Added on
- 10 Jul 2009 10:01 am
15 × in wishlist
34 × member ratings
33 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1954
13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.58 points
- Challenging combination of metallic, motor oil, linseed oil, shoe polish and varnish with vibrant juicy luscious orchard and tropical fruits like apricots, peaches, mangoes, plums, apples, and pears while at the same time being so elegant and refined and sophisticated, especially for only a 15 year old.
One of the legends that truly made Macallan famous before all of their crazy over-the-top modern marketing.
- The nose on this is really nice but I struggled with the palate, lacks a little sweetness and because of this I found the palate a little bland.
This is what I was referring to about something missing, perhaps as the sherry is so refined I have missed something but I like delicate whisky that caresses your palate usually, this is just a little boring.
Leave this one for the collectors, yes it is a 1954 Macallan and it is great to taste this but the palate does not live up to the excellent nose nor does the finish I am afraid.
I have kept the price at 82 but in reality considering this is perhaps 3.5k+ at auction the actual score on this review would be 50 for the price point at best when you take quality/price into the equation.
I know I will be in the minority here and I tried to like it but alas it was not to be and I have called it as I see it.
- The nose is nice but that does not follow to the palate which is weaker in comparison, its like a cake that looks great but when you taste it someone has left a very important ingredient out.
My first impression is Turkish Delight, Dutch waffles, hints of wood varnish, light creamy fudge and quite a light sherry actually.
Finally pancakes and something similar to Maple syrup gives this time and the nose gets better, very nice.
Very creamy but quite light with it, it is all on caramel and toffee with toffee sauce, toffee pudding and some faint notes of ripe red plum.
There is caramel, cream, wafer and some very faint peat in the background.
Reasonable but not very exciting.
- [March, 1998] I had this dram during a tasting at Kyrburg. 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 dram 92,5. My notes state a very complex and aromatic nose. The finish is of medium length only and it looses over time. So drink it quickly...
- This one is more punchy and powerful than other old Macallans at the same abv. It's a bit lacking the famous sweetness of the Macallans but nevertheless it is a fantastic whisky.
Deep and rich sherry oak, ripe bananas, little vanilla and subtle sweetness
Fantastic sherry oak, good sweetness but probably a bit drier than other old Macallans - somehow more straight but also more powerful
Long and almost burning
- Amazing tropical nose, finish on more exotic fruits, citrus, one of the most amazing macallans!
- MacAllan plus tropical fruits, just brilliant and so different from the 1952
- The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019