Macallan 18

Macallan 18

I received this as a Christmas gift last year from my wife who knows I am a big fan of the 12 year. I always wanted a bottle but could never justify the price tag when I had so many other things I wanted to try.

Paid: $240 for 750ml

Distilled / Owned By: Macallan / Edrington Group

Region: Speyside

43% ABV

Aged For: 18 years, distilled 1997, bottled 2015

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Oloroso Sherry

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: No

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

 


 

Color: Copper Mahogany

Nose: Toffee and caramel. Sherry with dried fruits, raisin, chocolate and vanilla mingle with orange peel.

Taste: The palate is not as good as the nose, a bit blander but hitting the same notes. A bit of ginger works its way into the taste. Not watery but not oily either.

Finish: Citrus and sherry with touches of vanilla oak. Very warm and complex on the finish.

Overall: I found that I really enjoyed the nose and finish on the 18 but felt the relatively bland palate and mouthfeel bring the experience down. The 18 is more complex and refined then the 12 year, however it in no way justifies the insane jump in price.

Score: 90/100

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