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Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak

A Delightful Sherry

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@UisgeJonReview by @UisgeJon

20th Jan 2013

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  • Nose
    24
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    91

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So there's an interesting story behind this. At a local pub with a great Whisky selection, I asked the bartender for a Highland Park 18 (which I later got, and will review shortly). When I got the dram and brought it to my nose, I was shocked. Nowhere close to what I was expecting. So I asked the bartender what she poured me, and she poured me the Macallan 18 instead.

So! Reapproaching the dram in a different state of mind, I was very pleased.

Nose: Warm, plum, definitely big on the sherry, with a twist of vanilla and oak. This nose is loaded with fruit, from rasberry to strawberry and back again. Mmmm.

Palate: Fantastic. Very, very good. Smooth, plum again, obviously huge on sherry, licorice and oak. This body is fairly complex and a lot of fun to explore. A hint of tobacco and smoke, very subtle, comes through at the end.

Finish: Warm, heavy, fairly long. The flavors that come through here were a little hidden on the palate, and I love that, with a touch of chocolate and dried red fruit giving this dram a desser-like feel at the end. I love it.

A beautiful dram. Not what I had hoped to order, but truly thrilled and pleased with this. A go-to for those that love a sweet, heavy sherry.

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2 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

Thanks for a very nice review. So, did you get the Macallan 18 for free because of the bartender's error?

Macallan 18 Sherry Oak is truly a delightful and wonderful whisky, and it really needs to be for what it costs to buy a bottle of it.

9 years ago 0

@UisgeJon
UisgeJon commented

Thank-you Victor! This truly was a great dram, and you're right - it better be for the price. I might be going to Scotland in the coming months for my honeymoon and hope to take a tour of the Macallan distillery and sample all kinds of expressions. It would be interesting to try their cask strength spirit.

And yes, the bartender gave me the Macallan 18 for free. Not a bad gift. ;)

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