1997 The Macallan Sherry Matured 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

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1997 The Macallan Sherry Matured 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
$599.00 Bottle
  • ABV 43%

Recent price trends suggest that those now entering the whisky scene may be one of the last generations to have access to Macallan of this ilk at reasonable prices. Take advantage.

Produced from whiskies distilled in 1997 and earlier, this displays the impeccable pedigree of 18 Year Old Macallan of which critics have long been consistent and loud in their praise. The distillery's benchmark excellence is showcased in the 18 Year Old which is exclusively matured in selected Sherry oak casks from Jerez, Spain.

Tasting note: The flashy polished copper colour is a pleasure to behold. Superb purity to the nose with raisin cake and orange zest openings. Air contact, finds baking spices, but drops the intensity. Rebounds in the final pass with an impressive burst of hazelnut / dried apricot / rancio / fruit cake / cocoa - in short, a classic sherry infusion. The spices have settled compared to the 12YO - as you'd expect. This is all class and polish, with a beautiful integration of malt, dried fruits and sweet nuttiness on the palate followed by a gentle flourish of spicy raisin cake at the finish. Great poise, being neither too sweet or too dry. Softly spoken yet confident, fine tuned, never overdone. An arm chair dram for quiet contemplation.43% Alc./Vol.

Other reviews… Nose: Deeply attractive, honeyed with prickling wood spice and brandy butter. Palate: Rich and lingering, yielding warm raisiny, sherried and oaky notes. Finish: Long, oaky-peppery, distinguished. Smoky at the last. Comment: An aristocratic and balanced Macallan, though drier than some recent 18 year releases.
9.5 / 10
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