nose: Sweet fruit and some spice
palate: Oranges with some spices too
finish: fruity with a whisp of wood smoke in the finish
Good Night Willie!! Thanks for keeping it going!!
glass: Riedel crystal SM glass
Nose: Very little on the nose, some fruits
Palate: yummy, does this get better and better as you go?
Mixed dried fruits, light spice and some orange peels
Finish: very warming, and spicy
Glass: Large Snifter
Nose: Sweet and fruity, some floral notes?
Palate: Sweet honey, some wood notes (no smoke just wood, oak maybe?) hints of spice, light sweetness
Finish: Lingering finish, reminds me of a light bourbon, with a hint of chocolate, orange and dried fruits
I actually enjoy this, good stuff.
Sample # 2 Macallan 15yo Fine Oak ( 43%, Original Bottling )
Glass: Riedel Crystal SM
Nose: Oakey and hints of spice
Palate: Yumm! Woody, with sweet honey
Finish: A spicy/woody lingering finish with notes of chocolate
Went to get a dram of the only Macallan in the house - a wee sample of all that remains of the 1986 18 OB bought for me by Lucie two Christmasses ago. One of those bottles you don't want to finish.
Made the "mistake" of turning on the news en route to the whisky table, and seeing chinese mothers crying for their lost children, crushed under their fallen school. With two young children of my own, it made me want to weep, and almost felt too sick to do this.
But we who have life must celebrate it and give thanks continuously. So i shall finish off the remains of this wonderful gift I have guarded too long, in honour of all here, and in honour of LIFE itself...
1986 Macallan 18 OB.
Nose. Sherry strong but not as dominant as in the 10 YO on which I cut my teeth @ 1999. It was a better dram then. Last year I bought an "old package" sherry 10. It was flat and one dimensional. this year i was given a "new package" sherry 10. It didn't last long! Much more rounded and drinkable - seemingly from better "stock" , but perhaps lacking in complexity as others have mentioned...
This 18 also has oak, polished floors, leather , dried fruit and sponge cake on the nose...even a hint of peat.
PAlate: the classic Macallan hit! Sherry, but it doesn't end there...not as sweet as the ten as I recall, but more subtle. Spices, dark chocolate...and a hint of lemon, or even thick cut Cooper's orange marmalade.
finish. Fades nicely, cleanly. final return of sherry...not as long as i'd like!
this was a most enjoyable dram, but I recall that the 1985, which was waiting for me in the bedroom of the turnberry hotel at the macallan weekend gifted me by the same gal who bought me this '86, as being exceptional. And the 84(half the price of the 85!) was also very good. I also once had a 1980, found in a drugstore in Majorca(!) which was much drier, with a shorter finish.
ah, the joy of vintages! this really does remind me of the joys of when I first discovered Macallan! And i spoke too soon - there's still a lingering clean sherry dryness on the toungue after all this typing!!
nice sharing this with you.
goodnight...and spare a thought for those poor souls in china and burma, and may God, or whisky, or whatever, open the hearts of the cruel Burmese junta who do not deserve the title of "human being", holding self-serving referendums and withholding aid to their own people.
Nose: Now that's a Macallan! Give me my sherry! Still get the cereal and malt too, so the sherry doesn't drown out the other things there... Some alcoholic heat but really had to look for it before I noticed it.
Palate: Less full than the 12 on initial attack. Get the sherriedness and very sweet fruits of some sort. Also got a blast of alcohol throughout. Palate fades fairly quickly.
Finish: Hot and spicy.
Comment: Seems a bit one-dimensional. Not sure I'd want to spend an entire night with it. The nose is the best part of this drink.
PS: Think I'll try this with some water...
Macallan 15yo Fine Oak ( 43%, Original Bottling )
Nose: Hints of spice
Palate: Seems more oakey as I go with this one. Still light sweetness though
Finish: a nice fruity woody finish. Gives me the same tinge as a bourbon
mikeymad wrote:I remember the 57.8% being a good one. It seems that the ones that I have really liked, have been on the higher side of the proof.
Mikey, you may still have a sample hanging around of it.....
glass: Riedel Crystal SM
nose: light fruity notes, this glass isn't great for nosing
palate: honey and orangey
finish: long lasting spice
nose: oranges and dried fruits
palate: Sweet oranges, marmalade?
finish: bitter chocolate and some spice
Nose: Nose has been tamed. Much less intense. (Chose not to say "watered down.") Less attractive, at least to me... Upon standing, it becomes a bit "off." That character faded but it was still somewhat flat and undistingiuished... (The 12's nose is better, more characteristic of a Macallan...)
Palate: Nice plushness on the tongue. Coats everything. Sweet fruit, almost like a jam of some sort. Hotness nearly all gone. Much better balanced.
Finish: Still a dry and somewhat bitter finish but again, tamed to a great degree.
Overall: Much better in my opinion, but I would be hard pressed to identify it as the same whisky. Think I'll be adding water pretty often when I drink the rest of the bottle, but I will miss the nose. Maybe a little less water next time...
Macallan 18yo ( 43%, Original Bottling, 1988 )
Sample # 1
Glass: Riedel Crystal SM
nose: toasted fruits and spice
palate: Rich and full bodied, oily mouth feel with more spices, oranges and a nice wood smoke taste
finish: a nice finish with some bitter chocolate, orange peels and spice
This is just better, no other way to put it here. It waay outdoes the 12yo.
Sample # 2
Glass: Large Snifter
nose: Hints of wood and spice
palate: Nice, very nice overall mouth feel, warming with oranges and still the nice wood smoke taste. This just has more everything!
finish: Really smooth finish with hints of spice
OHH this is goooood
Nose: Somewhat similar to the 12 with some Band-aids (or some other solvent) in the background. Not in your face, but noticeable. Sherry much less noticeable. The 12's nose is much cleaner...
Palate: A bit flat. None of the attack that I've experienced with the other two, but maybe the 18 is supposed to be like that. Don't have another 18 open to compare it to, and can't really remember my previous experiences with the 18. Nice enough sherriedness. Fuller than the CS with water. (The CS with water became a bit dodgy upon standing. Huh??) Very engaging fruit. Some apples but without the tartness?
Finish: Very easy to drink. Fruity. There's a hint of bread or dough here too.
Overall: Nice enough but need to compare it to some other 18s before I render an opinion...
Sample # 3
nose: Dried firewood and a hint of fruit
palate: Very rich and oily, I love the mouth feel with this one. Still some oranges and I'm getting a nice burnt wood taste
finish: Still a smooth finish with a little bit of spice
Glass: Large Snifter
Whoa, if this doesn't wake my nose up I dont' know what will! This is just plain good. I definitely prefer Macallan at CS, no question about that.
Sweet and fruity with a blast of spice in the finish. NICE!
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