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Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak

Avatar meets sherry cask whisky

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

25th Feb 2013


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Macallan 18 year old is by all means not a bad whisky. It just was a small disappointment for me. It is smooth like a whisky in that age should be, but it is a bit dull.

It reminds me of the movie Avatar, which was great to watch 3D in movie theaters but when looking it from my TV, it just leaves you cold. Macallan 18 has potential but it lacks in character. Just like Avatar lacked in the script.

It's funny how all from the Macallan sherry oak range make me want to avoid sherry cask whiskies but for example Glenfarclas offers me a new insight on 'em. Maybe someone wiser than me can explain the possible reasons for me.

Nose: Toffee with lots of sherry and dry fruits saturated in alcohol.

Taste: Soft and creamy. Bit spicy with dried fruits.

Finish: Fruity and spicy with hints of wood. Soft and kinda quick.

Balance: Balance is pretty good but it lacks in character. A bit lame for my taste but very easy to drink. I noticed this has gathered lots of praises so an easy conclusion is (especially when looking my "track record"): Macallan isn't for me.

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Rigmorole commented

Wow, I hadn't read this review when I wrote my comment about the GF12. Very interesting. Yes, I agree, although I would rate the Mac 18 a little higher than you. Not worth the money for me, however. The 18's a bit lacking in texture, depth, and range, but still quite delicious nonetheless, kind of like a caramel ice cream sundae. I still think the GF 15 might blow your socks off.

8 years ago 0

CanadianNinja commented

I have been disappointed with every Macallan I've tried. Just hasn't done it for me. And especially because of the price I wasn't very pleased at all after buying this bottle.

8 years ago 0

Rantavahti commented

Nice to hear from you that I'm not the only one disappointed in Macallan. I agree with you rigmorole, I even feel a bit bad about my low score on this one. Have to try that "farclas" 15 and I'm keen on trying their whole range.

8 years ago 0

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