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Macallan 1955

Overall rating
94.04/100
votes
27
Whiskybase ID
WB9422
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rinaldi Import
Vintage
1955
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Sherry Wood
Strength
45.85 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Market
it Italy
Added on
10 Jul 2009 9:59 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 9251.92

24 × in wishlist

27 × member ratings

35 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1955

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.04 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Macallan OB X 7,1947 onwards 12-30 years + Crabbie 30 year

    Tasted in this order, scores for nose/palate/finish

    12 year 40% sherry oak +/- 2018 - 83/85/83 - 6th
    12 year 43% matured in sherry wood 1990’s - 84/83/82 - 7th
    15 year 1947 80 proof sherry wood Rinaldi - 94/95/93 - clear winner
    15 year 1955 80 proof sherry wood Rinaldi - 92/93/91 - runner up
    18 year 1972 43% sherry cask - 92/92/91 - joint 3rd
    25 year bottled 2011 43% sherry oak - 90/91/92 - 4th
    30 year bottled 2020 43% sherry oak - 92/92/91 - joint 3rd
    30 year Crabbie IB 48.6% Refil oloroso sherry butt - 88/91/89 - 5th

    For some unknown reason to me Macallan still are regarded as possibly the best whisky brand in the world yet in my humble opinion they have produced very little of note in the last 15-20 years.
    Their reputation of the older bottlings is well deserved as it tasted superb and ticked all the boxes of any whisky enthusiast but the more recent stuff is a pale, bland and at times pretty tasteless and bears no resemblance to the old stuff and then you have the premium stuff now like the 30 year that is £5000?
    That sort of price tag is an insult to me and should be for anyone else who knows anything about what a good whisky tastes like,the sample I got cost a bomb but I really wanted it for the h2h.

    Regarding the tasting the new 12 year was pretty much where i thought it would be at around 84 points but the older 12 year i was expecting it to be so much better but alas it wasn’t and bear in mind at auction you can pay over £700 for that one litre bottle.
    The 1947 was a work of art and the best here, the 1955 was not far behind, the 1972, was much better than the last time I had and up a few points as was the 25 year which I have always had a downer on, tasting my last sample it was up 4 points higher and more enjoyable.
    I have to admit the 30 year OB was good but comparing it to a £500 whisky like the Benromach 35 year OB the Benromach is better in taste and obviously value for money.
    Finally the Crabbie surprised me as it was better than expected and not that far behind the 30 year OB bearing in mind it was a refill cask

    I am not a fan of later stuff but the old stuff is excellent and often worthy of high status as this H2H proved,but not always mind I only scored the 1954 OB 80 proof 85 points and that was being generous.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A very good old Macallan
    • Nose
      92 92
      Very rich, with a smoke note is my first thought.
      it has an almond note for sure, with possibly candied orange, barbecue spare ribs, dry spices like, pepper maybe nutmeg, plenty going on with a very faint smoke bacon note.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Quite fruity, on rich plum, red and blackcurrant, with caramel, and stroopwafles that sort of thing.
      There is a faint black cherry note and now the spice note is increasing, for me it gets a little dry but the spice and sweet Sherry mixing with a bubblegum note more than compensate
    • Finish
      91 91
      Good medium length with the sweetness fading slightly.

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    great old nutty sherry, tobacco, hints of leather, orange, great

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      97 97

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    The color is a bit lighter than let's say the 1954 15yo but it is really different than the over 15yo Macallans let's say from 1947, 1952 or 1954 that I can compare with - really not just another old Macallan - excellent!
    • Nose
      Rather fresh sherry, clear hints of rubber, tea, then little citrus fruits, whiffs of smoke - that rubber is gone after a minute - now also notes of oak wood, spices, tobacco - great!
    • Taste
      Punchy, very clean, black tea, rather dry, sherry wood, spices, thyme, pepper, many different tobaccos, hints of dried fruits - superb!
    • Finish
      Some subtle sweetness in the aftertaste but really reluctant - it's more like having a tea with just one sugar cube instead of two

  6. GLEN MAUR did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting notes by Serge Valentin

    Macallan 1955 (80°proof, OB, Campbell Hope & King for Rinaldi, Italy, +/-1970) Five stars Colour: pale amber. Nose: oh my! Probably a little less boldly aromatic than the 1959, and probably a little more phenolic and dry. Wet gravel, tar, soot, mint liqueur and bitter oranges. Superb notes of carnation, butter crème, honeydew, mint-flavoured tea… And big notes of morels. Wow. Espresso. Globally less sherried than the 1959 but maybe even more complex. The palate will determine which is our favourite… Mouth: extraordinary. It’s got everything. A movie-malt that keeps changing while remaining extremely coherent. Dried fruits, herbs, jams, spices, leather, shoe polish (tarry and phenolic), tobacco… Oh well, please call the anti-maltoporn brigade! Finish: amazingly long, dry, clean… Superb pepper. We’re close to perfection. Comments: none. SGP:563 - 95 points.

  7. Carsten scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Macallan 1955 15y Sherry Wood 45.8% Color: orange brown Nose: milk chocolate, dried fruit, citrus notes, honey, leather polish, very beautiful and varied sherry nose Body: oily Mouth: Again light chocolate and caramel, sweet notes dominate Departure: long, mild, but still with enough whopping, first sweet, then develop bitter notes of leather and herbs Conclusion: 95P., Great Sherry Cask whisky, super combination of sweet chocolate notes and bitter bitter wood notes - good old times ...

  8. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    The mint liqueur, beehive notes and perfect sherry give this a heavenly nose. The palate was more heavily sherried than expected and quite chocolaty - needless to say it's perfectly faultless sherry. Oh my, what a delight. Hard to find these days and very expensive.
    • Nose
      wow. Indeed it's the legendary combination of luscious sherry and faint phenolic notes. The sherry richness starts with all kinds of dried fruits (mainly figs, sultanas and dates but also quinces and raspberries) and goes to honey and beeswax (quite special, I associate this more with bourbon maturation). There's also plenty of mint liqueur and eucalyptus, as well as old furniture, old paint, old books, tobacco... All of this covered in a veil of ashes and the softest hints of tar. Balances between sweet and dry notes. Stunning complexity.
    • Taste
      a lot of sherry. Especially the chocolate / coffee combo stands out, as well as jammy fruits, raisins and relatively soft spices and herbs (hints of cough syrup). Leather notes as well as a slightly metallic hint of shoe polish (OBE?). Mint again. Puffs of smoke.
    • Finish
      long, fairly dry with dark chocolate and spices.

       

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