Macallan 1954

Overall rating
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
it Italy
Added on
10 Jul 2009 10:01 am

Average value

€ 7139.00

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

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. MIKEDOGG scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    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.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Reasonable but not very exciting.

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [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...

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    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.
    • Nose
      Deep and rich sherry oak, ripe bananas, little vanilla and subtle sweetness
    • Taste
      Fantastic sherry oak, good sweetness but probably a bit drier than other old Macallans - somehow more straight but also more powerful
    • Finish
      Long and almost burning

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Amazing tropical nose, finish on more exotic fruits, citrus, one of the most amazing macallans!

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    MacAllan plus tropical fruits, just brilliant and so different from the 1952

  9. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      97 97


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