It was Macallan night during one of our monthly SWC meetings. We had on the docket the 10, 12, and 15 year old expressions. I was excited. How could you not be with Macallan? Life was good. As we went through each whisky, nosing with patience, tasting with gusto, living life as God intended, our resident rich guy had this weird grin on his face. He normally has this grin on permanently, as any guy who arrived to the meeting in one of his private jets should, but towards the end he pulled out a surprise: it was a bottle Macallan 18 Sherry Oak. The Macallan of Macallans. Our eyes were pretty wide, not just because he was probably going to let us try it, but also because we knew how expensive it was. I remember as a whisky newbie a bottle of Macallan costing maybe $110, if I remember correctly. Suffice it to say it is MANY dollars north of that today.
He was in a generous mood and poured all of our glasses with about an 1/8th of an ounce. Just kidding. It was 3/8ths. And of course it was glorious, it was my first time trying the mighty 18. Bottled at 43% ABV and matured exclusively in European oak seasoned with sherry wine, this whisky isn’t something you drink so much as eat with a spoon, it’s that big. Hopefully the hype held up. On to it…
Nose- Oaky depth and richness. Deep stone fruit notes. Very rich and round and vibrant. Dates, sugared raisins and plums. Orange marmalade. Roasted nuts.
Taste- Lots of oak, as you might guess. Syrupy fruit. Grape. Thick and viscous.
Finish- Sweet tobacco, lots of repeats from nose and taste. Cinnamon, sherry and nutmeg. Christmas spices.
Comment- Thank you, Gray! This was fun to taste. Chewy, rich, and very flavorful. Plenty of things to like and love, and we did. Maybe someday the whisky boom will crash and the price will go down, lol.
SWC Rating- 92/00
Agree? Disagree? If you give me a bottle of this stuff, I will let you comment.