Unfortunately my flight had already been called, so I didn't have time to pick up a bottle. Fortunately I'll be back down again later this month so will grab a bottle then.
Anyone else tried this one?
My tasting also incorporated the new 12yo Sherried bottling, and it suffered from the same problem. I was with a group of pretty experienced tasters, and we all concluded that something is not right at Macallan. Not sure if they're suddenly using a new batch of casks or changed bodegas or what, but something is very much awry in the flavour profile.
If you want a heavily sherried, cask-strength bottling, I would strongly recommend the Glenfarclas 105 instead of any recent releases from Macallan.
the batches vary in strength and as the Admiral pointed out in quality as well. All Macallan 10 cs 1 litre in the new bottles and red package I tried were very good. And they are the Macallans Macallan leads us to believe they can no longer make and offer.
I do not know about the bottling you found, but I can recomend the newer versions - and I am not a real Macallan fan.
Admiral wrote:If you want a heavily sherried, cask-strength bottling, I would strongly recommend the Glenfarclas 105 instead of any recent releases from Macallan.
Strangely, your tasting notes of the Macallan 10 YO cask strength concur with mine on the 105! I find it to be a little to muscular and off-balance. In fact, I think young whiskies should not be sold at cask strength. The additional water does seem to provide the requisite balance.
In fact, I think young whiskies should not be sold at cask strength. The additional water does seem to provide the requisite balance.
Wow! We have very different opinions then!
When I think of all the really young whiskies I've enjoyed (e.g. 7 years or younger) they've all been cask-strength.
Even the 8 to 10 year old whiskies I've really liked were all cask-strength, although I should probably clarify that statement by saying that they've all been SMWS bottlings, and it would be fair to say that those young casks were picked by a pretty discerning tasting panel.
Reading the "personal vattings" thread inspired me to add a few drops of Ardbeg 10 YO, considerably "weaker" at 46%, just for grins.
I enjoyed the results very much! A heavily sherried malt with a smoky finish...
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