Substitutes for the Macallan Sherry

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Substitutes for the Macallan Sherry

Postby Lugarteniente » Sat Dec 30, 2006 7:52 pm

With the introduction of the fine oak range which are the better substitutes at a normal strenght and heavily sherried?

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Postby vitara7 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 8:02 pm

glendronach 15yo if you can still get your hands on a bottle

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Postby heatmiser » Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:12 am

Aberlour A'Bunadh

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Postby Wave » Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:42 am

heatmiser wrote:Aberlour A'Bunadh

Only if you consider 120 proof "normal" strength! :lol:


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Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:34 am

Glenfarclas 1987 "Quarter Casks"

Bruichladdich 1986 Dark Sherry
There are three versions of this.
One bottled in 2005, two bottled in 2006.
(I am not talking about "Blacker Still).


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Postby Sherried Malt » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:01 pm

Malt-Teaser, do you have any TNs on your recommendations? More to the point, which one would recommend if I love the Mac 18 but find the Abundh too over the top?

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Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:24 pm

Hi SM,
I have posted notes for these at various times on here, but I don't think they were ever added to the forum TN's, so here you go:

Glenfarclas 1987 "Quarter Casks" Limited Edition of 1,299 bottles.
Unlike some other QC's, this Glenfarclas has spent its whole maturation in Quarter Casks and not just finished in them.
Nose: An Olde English Library or Study in a country house.
Yes, really. Lots of old oak, leather, musty books.
Palate: Very much like the nose, leather, old oak and a hint of sherry.

This is a very interesting whisky, as it is the leather and wood which initially comes across.
Once opened, after a week or so, the wood and leather recede and the sherry comes to the forefront, from whence it stays and this dram turns into a great sherry Glenfarclas.

Bruichladdich 1986 "Dark Sherry"
As I mentioned, there are three versions of this that I know of, maybe another one or two bottled as special editions that I haven't seen yet.
Basically, these are all from a 1986 distillation and stored in sherry casks.
The first one I tasted in 2005, the other two this year and all were very similar in character.
Colour: Rich and dark.
Nose: Fruit (dried fruit) and sherry.
Palate: Very smooth, lots of sherry without being forcefully overbearing and a good, long finish.
I have tried a few different Macallan 18's and for my palate, the 1986 Laddies are better.

I haven't as yet had chance to try the "Blacker Still" from Bruichladdich, so I can't comment on this one.

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Postby Lawrence » Sun Dec 31, 2006 6:52 pm

I would consider Aberlour 15 sherry matured, Aberlour a'bunadh (even though it is not 'normal' strength, you can always add some water) or Glenfarclas 12.

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Postby Admiral » Mon Jan 01, 2007 12:07 pm

If you're a fan of the old style, sherried Macallans, then I would strongly recommmend Glenfarclas 15yo. It's a little bit richer & spicier than the Glenfarclas 12yo that Lawrence recommended above.

Alternatively, Glenfarclas 105 goes a long way towards being Macallan-like, albeit at cask strength.

Actually, that sounds like a good taste-off! Anyone recently done an A-B with Glenfarclas 105 and Aberlour a'bunadh ?


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Postby Lugarteniente » Mon Jan 01, 2007 6:05 pm

Today I have tasted for first time the glendronach 15 OB. Surprising! It tastes like the macallan 25y but less overpowered by the sherry. For 40 € I think its exceptional.

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Postby suffolkwhisky » Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:19 pm

I would agree with the Glendronach and would also recommend going to France and picking up some Glenfarclas Heritage.

PS, Admiral have put the Aberlour head to head with the 105: most of the Aberlours seem to be winning at the minute - the 105 is not quite what it once was (though there seems to be an improvement this year).

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