Review: Macallan Whisky Maker’s Edition

Price: $100 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Macallan / Edrington Group

Region: Speyside

42.8% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-sherry and bourbon

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: No

Color: Burnished

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Raisins, sherry, citrus, malt, vanilla, nuts, apple, and pine resin

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Chocolate, oloroso sherry, nuts, dried fruit, leather, oak, caramel, and sultanas

Finish: Medium to light warmth and has a pretty good length. Malt, cocoa powder, sherry, pepper, ginger, and coffee

Thoughts: Not bad for an NAS travel malt, but not worth the price they were charging back in the day.

Score: 82 out of 100

Review: Glenlivet 10 Year 2007 SMWS 2.106 “Devilishly Opulent”

Paid: $100 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenlivet / SMWS

Region: Speyside

61.3% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years, distilled 2007

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex oloroso butt then finished in first fill PX sherry butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Russet

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cinnamon, nutmeg, oak, ginger, oloroso sherry, coffee beans, clove, dried fruits, touch of sulphur

Feel: Medium to full body, dry

Taste: Sherry, oak, pepper, caramel, raisins, figs, becomes sweeter over time with the PX shining more, orange,

Finish: Long and warm, with dark chocolate, oak, pepper, tobacco, olive oil, ginger, citrus, and sherry

Thoughts: When I first cracked this bottle I wasn’t blown away, but its growing on me over time, A little water really helps as it’s a bit to boozy even for me with a lot of heat. At first the oloroso cask is dominate with the PX creeping more in over time.

Score: 83 out of 100

Review: Speyside Distilllery 21-Year 1993 Distiller’s Art

Paid: $96 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Speyside Distillery / Hunter Laing

Region: Speyside

48% ABV

Aged For: 21 Years, Distilled 1993, Bottled 2015

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Sherry Butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Earthy nutty sherry, leather, oak, blackberry, cherry, dirt

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Sherry, caramel, nuts, figs, malt, bitter pepper, malt, sour mustiness

Finish: Light to medium warmth and medium length, cream and honey, sour fruit, coffee, and oak

Thoughts: It smells and starts out like a good sherried dram, with heavy nut flavors, but then on the backside of the palate and finish it has a bitter and sour note that spoils the drink. Flawed.

Score: 76 out of 100

Review: Craigellachie 2006 12 Year Old “Sovereign” K&L

Price: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Craigellachie / Hunter Laing

Region: Speyside

59.9% ABV

Aged For: 12 years, distilled 2006

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Sherry Butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Deep gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Nutty, oloroso sherry, orchard fruits, cherries, malt, honey, citrus, biscotti and alcohol notes

Feel: Waxy

Taste: Rich nutty sherry, dried fruits, coffee, spices, oak, waxy citrus, vanilla

Finish: Medium warmth and length, spices, dry sherry, almonds and walnuts, raisins, oak

Thoughts: Awesome buy for price, nice nutty sherry

Score: 85 out of 100

Review: Macallan 18 Sherry 1993

Paid: N/A – Sample

Distilled/Owned by: Macallan / Edrington Group

Region: Speyside

43% ABV

Aged For: 18 Years, distilled 1993

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Oloroso sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: No

Color: Light mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sherry, raisins, Christmas cake, dried fruits, orange peel, caramel, ginger, and wood spice

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Rich and fruity, caramel, chocolate sauce, oak, citrus, honey, malt, and fruitcake

Finish: Medium warmth, and lasting. Vanilla, sherry, creamy oak, dried citrus, and light roast coffee with cream

Thoughts: It’s a classic, and I really like it, but as far as bang for your buck, some IB sherry cask Glenrothes, Glen Morays, and even Glenlivets are the way to go.

Score: 90 out of 100

Mortlach 22 1995 Faultine FF-Sherry (K&L)

Mortlach 22 1995 Faultine FF-Sherry (K&L)

Price: Sold Out

Distilled/Owned by: Mortlach / Douglas Laing

Region: Speyside

53.3% ABV

Aged For: 22 Years, Distilled 1995

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: First Fill Sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Malt, oak, cracked leather, chocolate, honey, dried citrus, and light sherry

Feel:Medium, oily

Taste: Sherry, raisins, ginger, citrus, leather, pepper, oak

Finish: Warm, drying, good length, sherry and oranges, with hints of caramel, vanilla, and oak.

Thoughts: A decent dram, but if I had this blind I would not have thought it was a first fill sherry. If you want a dryer more leather sherry this could be for you.

Score: 81 out of 100

 

Benrinnes 11 Year The Exclusive Malts

Benrinnes 11 Year The Exclusive Malts

Price: $110 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Benrinnes / The Exclusive Malts

Region: Speyside

49.1% ABV

Aged For: 11 Years, Distilled 2006

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Second Fill PX sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, malt, pomegranate, fruit punch, tropical fruits, sherry, alcohol, and oak

Feel: Medium, dry, and supple

Taste: Malt, honey, table sugar, fruit punch, sherry, figs, plum , and raisins

Finish: Medium warmth, and lasting length, pepper, spices, oak, rich fruit, dry spice, sherry and citrus

Thoughts: A decent sherried malt, but nothing mind blowing, especially for the price

Score: 83 out of 100