I've been on a bit of a sabbatical, being swamped at work and what not... Anyway, I've decided to treat myself to a Mac 18 from the 70's and would like the advice of the people here... Which vintage should I try to find? Stated differently, what are your top 3 vintages from the Seventies?
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I can only guess as to the reason, as I don't know for sure, but the '72 does seem to be very difficult to find. I have all the vintages from 1971 through to 1986 (when the presentation changed) exccept the 1972 in my personal collection. I only ever saw the 1972 for sale once, but it fetched a crazy price compared to the 1970 to 1974 vintages.
1973 Was another vintage which took me some time to locate at a reasonable price and it does seem that Macallan bottled more of some vintages than others.
I could provide the dates with a little research, which I will do if anyone particularly needs to know, but they weren't always 18 years old. There were three definite eras:
An annual 15 year old vintage followed by
an annual 17 year old vintage followed by
an annual 18 year old vintage.
Each one of these was "Sherry Cask" and specifically dated with the year of distillation.
These are often referred to as "Classic Label" and are all collectible. Obviously, the earlier the year, the higher the value and these values are still increasing.
In 2004 The Macallan changed their packaging (and image) which led to the last "Classic Label" 18 year old being issued as the 1986 18 year old.
In 2004 The Macallan also released a "New Design" (Blue carton, taller bottle) 1986 18 year old. Yes, two different issues in that year!
This new style release is now labelled as "Whiskies distilled in 1986 and earlier years" and I agree, although possible collectibles, they are not so desirable for investment as the earlier editions.
Make no mistake, the "Classic Label" 18 year olds are highly desirable, generally excellent for the drinkers as well as having great investment prospects.
As much as I'm a fan of Glenfarclas (and I am a big fan) there is no denying that the 1976 18yo Macallan was/is superior to Glenfarclas 15yo.
I have a private bottling of 25yo Glenfarclas that was distilled in 1980, bottled in 2005 (bottled for the Australian Malt Whisky Convention) that is an absolute gem, and I suspect it would go close to the 1976 Mac, but I think the Mac would still come out on top.
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