Macallan 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask
Stated Age
18 years old
Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Jun 2017 10:08 am by dutchscotch

Average value

€ 912.25

51 × in wishlist

136 × member ratings

580 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 18-year-old

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.15 points

  1. jjkmlss scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much better than 12, different spieces indeed
    • Nose
      dried apricot, caramel, toast, plastic, malt, danish, ground coffee & sulphur
    • Taste
      similar to nose with extra toffee, cranberries & leather, thick and balanced.
    • Finish
      medium length of cranberry, brown sugar & oak

  2. Razr did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    someone has rated with 78 points this Macallan and 92 points a Bowmore Enigma... Please, stop trolling the rates.
    This Macallan is great, and the price is very low (at the moment). Thanks to Macallan

  3. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Oh it’s done very well. Balanced wonderfully between sherry, oak, and spice. Expensive? That is always subjective. It is good, and I am happy to have tried it.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Soft sherry, raisin, cherry, leather,
    • Taste
      91 91
      Plums, honey, seasoned oak, light spices, mellow ginger
    • Finish
      91 91
      A long light sherried finish balanced with oaky notes, walnut, raisin, honey, ginger, tobacco

  4. ldcsh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Sherry with fragrant fruit
      Prizes youthful feeling, fine vanilla flavor
    • Taste
      90 90
      Spicy wood with a spicy taste
      Various Fruit Flavors
      Oily and light
    • Finish
      89 89
      Oily and saliva in mouth. Sweetness

  5. Macheye scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Macallan 18 year old Sherry Oak is simply a joy to drink. It’s positioned as a luxury whisky that it tastes like a luxury whisky - whilst it’s expectedly sherry-forward, I’d not describe it as any type of bomb – everything is silky and integrated with no jarring tannins or overegged cask influence. I also detected no sulphur whatsoever. This all said, it’s hard to get over the price-point. I’m expecting the 2018 edition to clock in somewhere around the £240/250 price range, and for that type of cash (well beyond what I normally spend on a bottle of whisky), I’d expect something frankly sublime. Worth a real treat in a bar that’s offering a dram at a (relatively reasonable price), but I cannot recommend that any of you pick up a whole bottle. Quality yes. Value? Not on your nelly.

    • Nose
      Rich, full and opulent. Bright and crisp sherry notes intermingle with pronounced fruitiness and just the right amount of austere ageing. Christmas cake, toffee, hints of furniture polish and a huge assortment of berries – some fresh, some stewed, some dried. Then candied orange peels, coffee beans and treacle tarts. Spicing is subtle here – delicate and dusty ginger, and is joined by just a hint of cinnamon and menthol. The addition of water really brings out the cask influence and expressed some well-aged aromas too – increased ginger, leather armchairs, polish and dustiness.
    • Taste
      Soft and incredibly silky – interestingly much more restrained than the nose implies. In the mouth it oozes with viscosity and delivers red and black berries (quite jammy, almost like marmalade or preserve), large dollops of toffee and some nicely integrated oakiness. In the mid-palate, deeper flavours come out to play – chocolate, coffee beans and a freshly made latte. A few drops of water (it can take a surprising amount, but I’d still advise going sparingly) changes the profile slightly – favouring tinned fruit salad, tobacco pouches, leather-bound books and some more discernible spicing – both ginger and also pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, with a lovely drawn out fade which delivers both biscuitiness (not a real word) and a good scatting of nuts.

  6. Drochaid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fresh apple, licorice, toasted oak and Christmas aromas on the nose. In the key a beautiful maturity, noticeable oak and sweet Oloroso sherry tones. Long finish with milk chocolate and raisins.

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    Significantly better than the 18yo bottled 2016 - comparable with the 18yo bottled 2014 - pretty good
    • Nose
      89 89
      Little nutty, spices, fine nutmeg, sherry wood, little leathery, hints of acacia honey, toffee, brown sugar, whiffs of toasted bread - not bad
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, creamy, little liquorice, subtle sweetness, some dried fruits, raisins, toffee, nutty, sherry wood - pretty good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium long, warm, dried fruits, still little sweet

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Way better than the following editions with the nice boxes, textbook modern macallan, nice sherry.

  9. Leessang scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. TechnOBY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89


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