I have a 50ml miniature of the 1976 - maybe I should finally open it after all these years?
Alternatively, does anyone have a 700ml bottle of 1976 they'd be prepared to swap for something (or some things) comparable?
There are still some shops who will sell a bottle of 1976 Macallan. Sometimes they have a couple of these bottles left, but those are only the specialist retailers who sell such items. Or alternatively check E-bay from time to time. Because I get the feeling that no one will swap such a lovely Macallan from 1976.(at least I wouldn't )
it stands for Hong Kong Duty Not Paid, meant for tax free shops.
In the Netherlands some 1 litre bottles came on the market for a very short period: Macallan 12 OB, that lay in some warehouse forgotten or whatever. The boxes were dirty and the labels on the bottles were 'worn out' by time. I've been told that these bottles have been laying there for decades, so it was the Macallan product from long time ago. No wonder it sold out within days. Tasting this 12 yo proves that the Macallan character has changed over time. And to my taste, not for the better. Some may think otherwise, but hey, it's my taste...
The 25 y.o. is not too bad either but not really too impressed with the latest offerings in the newer barrels.
It simply lacks some of that wonderful full flavours.
Given that it was in a restricted market, plus it was at a price range well outside most regular contributors' budget, I elected not to include it.
18 year old, the definite Macallan's, from the standard setting distillery
Yes, Macallan have certainly set a few standards, but I'm not sure they'd be too proud of some of their more recent ones!
"Worst PR exercise with replica bottlings"
"Greatest spin on recent change to cask regime"
Just a few that come to mind!
Price not included as a factor I would say:
1. I prefer the 25YO compared to most of the 80's 18YO distillations, especially from 1984 when they moved from a single distillation year to a distilled in XXXX and earlier years. I am not articulate enough to describe what I felt was lost but there was something different with the 80's 18YOs as compared to the 1970's and the late 1960's distillations I have tasted. The best I can describe it is "flatter" tasting.
2. 1970's and late 1960's- hands down the 18YO.
Haven't been fortunate enough to sample the early 60's and the 50's distillations so can't comment.
I am not articulate enough to describe what I felt was lost
Anyone who can start a sentence, "I am not articulate enough..." is instantly qualified and articulate enough to state their case!
What I still don't understand is why there are so few votes.
1. Not all expressions are available in all markets, so not everyone feels qualified to answer.
2. Some regulars here are not fans of polls, and deliberately choose not to vote.
3. Many regulars here have repeatedly stated that they are not fans of Macallan in the first place, so they too are unlikely to vote.
I'm thinking that if I can't appretiate a D. Laing bottling, I probably won't like Macallan. I did try a non-sherried Mac from Provenance. Impressed! Didn't think I'd like it.
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For the price of the bottle (something close to $90 US), I'd rather fork over another $30 and get a Mac 18.
I haven't had very many Macallans, just two in fact. The 12 yo and the 10 yo Cask Strength. I haven't finished the bottle of 12 yo that I bought sometime ago. I went back and forth on it. "I really like it." to "It's okay." and sometimes "It's not really my cup of tea." I finally decided that I quite like it.
I haven't been in the mood for malts for quite some time, I been drinking bourbon and straight rye mostly, but the other night I noticed the Macallan 10 CS waiting patiently for me to notice it again. I had had a few pours when I bought it a couple of months ago and liked it well enough. It seemed a bit harsh then, if memory serves. I had a pour and was Saturday and was blown away! Wow! It was so good! Powerful sherry, of course, with a tobacco leaf note. I think I saw a bottle of this on the shelf at a very reasonable price the other day. I may go buy it this afternoon to back up my still mostly full bottle.
Oh, I vote for the Macallan CS 10 yo abv 57.7
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