(Oliver, just answer the question! )
I've had both quite recently and preferred the 1986, though both were really good. With the introduction of the Fine Oak range, it would seem to me that the newer 'traditional' Macallans are likely to be better.
Shane is a colleague of mine who probably has the biggest collection of Macallans in the southern hemisphere. He's an avid Macallan fan and knows their bottlings backwards and inside out. (Just a figure of speech, Mr Picky!)
Anyway, he made a post here (I'm guessing about 7 to 12 months ago?) stating quite unashamedly that he thought the 1985 was the best 18yo Mac that had been brought out since the great bottlings of the 1970's. When I caught up with him a few months ago, I asked him what his opinion of the 1986 was. It was less than flattering!
(I've referred to Shane's posts previously, and I think it could be my repeats that Bamber is referring to above).
Anyway, based on this, I'd go the 1985 anyday.
I think this will be my last purchase for a while--I've gone a bit mad lately, egged on by all of you folks, of course. If I don't slow it down, I won't make it to Scotland in the fall!
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