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.
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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.
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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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