The Macallan's benchmark excellence is nowhere more evident than in the 18 Years Old expression. "Due to the unfailing regularity with which it wins, we no longer include The Macallan 18 year old in our malt tastings. We have instead enshrined it in our hall of fame.
Rich burnished mahogany.
Balanced rich dried fruits & Spanish Oak. Wood spices (ginger, cinnamon). Sweet, with summer fruits and a slight nuttiness.
Dried fruit, resinous, wood spice, with a touch of smoke.
Lingering wood, spicy, fruity with light smoke.
| Malt Advocate 91 points (Aug 2011)
Macallan’s 18 year old expression is, for me, the highlight of its regular sherried range. Deep amber in color. The nose is rich and heavily fruited: fruit cake, mulberry, a little moist gingerbread, the bloody depths of molasses. On the palate, dried fruits - more figgy than raisined - while the natural oiliness in the spirit balances the boisterous tannins from the European oak. A singed note on the finish (an extension of the molasses?) completes the picture. Balanced and complex.
(Fall 2011) Reviewed by: Dave Broom
Wine Enthusiast 92 points (Dec 2011)
This Speyside single malt is matured in Sherry oak casks from Jerez, Spain, for a minimum of 18 years. The amber spirit has a big, warm caramel flavor, finishing with a touch of sweet honey, bitter chocolate and espresso on the lingering finish. Viscous, creamy mouthfeel.