The KOTQ has enjoyed 18 tastings from the The Macallan distillery

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The Macallan Speyside 1824 – Today Famous Grouse & Cutty Sark
       
Status Ownership Water Source Production
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THE MACALLAN yo 04Q3 – THE MACALLAN 10 yo [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
smokey brown sugar
Thick and rotund
Dirt and petroleum, slightly sweet molasses
Remarkably short but warm and sweet on finish
Cask strength = @57% needs to open up with water
04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004
Bop
brown sugar, meaty (maybe JRF on the brain)
leathery
cherry + sneakers (new)
at 57% cask strength definitely needs to be cut
I’m curious why the distillery would cash strength bottle a 10 year old.

Reminds me of some Springbank 12 I’ve had.

04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004
Cyclone
Caramel, honey, brown sugar
Thin and wavy
Sweet and peppery
Gentile and long, apple tart, and quick
Ok. Not for weak of heart.
04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004
Irving
Caramel. Don’t sniff too hard.
Hot
Burnt rubber. Numbing.
Rich orange color. Unexciting flat.
04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004
Lakeview
Maple syrup
Novicaine
I feel a month has been taken from my life
Needs to be cut
04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004
Tao
Heather – rose
Needs dilutions
Fast – considering strength
High alcohol hides most
04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004
Ville
syrup
heavy, thick
novicaine
medium, quick
Add water ok – not droplets though
04Q3-Tao
September 3rd, 2004

THE MACALLAN yo 00Q1 – THE MACALLAN 12 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Muddy
Syrupy
Sharp-Sticky
Ironic
Completely almondine
Retains nutty “film” in my chest/lower esophagus. A lot of “tree” going on here – syrup/nut.
00Q1-Centennial
March 11th, 2000
Centennial
Brown
Syrup
Heavier
Mungy
Strong Almond
Quite likable…explosive
00Q1-Centennial
March 11th, 2000
Irving
Strawberry brown
Soapy, fermented
Bang, complex, grassy
Nutty, almond
Lingering
00Q1-Centennial
March 11th, 2000
Lakeview
Brown
Sweet/Syrupy
Tangy Rusty
Hot/spicy yet clean
Brings a multitude of different palate effects for me; explosive, pungent.
00Q1-Centennial
March 11th, 2000

THE MACALLAN yo 12Q3 – THE MACALLAN 12 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Maple syrup dominates but still a little woody/nutty
Clearly manufactured for a specific feel
Sweetness from the sherry as always and ever inviting.
An old colleague you have to respect for staying within itself – syrupy sweet, vevety texture and nutty notes.
12Q3-Hoopie
September 15th, 2012
Lakeview
Maple syrup
Molassis
Yvonne S
All day drinkin
No wonder it is a best seller
12Q3-Hoopie
September 15th, 2012

THE MACALLAN yo 17Q2 – THE MACALLAN 12 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Dark caramel added per Macallan
Smells like a Macallan. Thick sticky maple syrup
Tastes like a Macallan too
Nice
This is the entry-level single malt for the American market
17Q2-Randall
July 29th, 2017

THE MACALLAN yo 01Q4 – THE MACALLAN 12 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Ruddy, brownish
“Fangorn”, dark forest with a high canopy, sticky syrup
Strong, athetic, busty
Valuable, friendly
Nutty, clingy
No compromise
01Q4-Centennial
January 26th, 2002
Centennial
malt-like bronze
mild
full metal jacket
polite, good company
portly, regal, distinctive
likeable – outside the combat zone. this is what scotch is all about.
01Q4-Centennial
January 26th, 2002
Cyclone
redish hue beautiful dark
grassy molasses
grown up
great sipping scotch / gone but leaves me wanting
had a bottle in my cabinet now unfortunately it’s gone. bummin.
01Q4-Centennial
January 26th, 2002
Irving
Rich, warm brown
Gentle, wheat
Syrup
Rich, sherry, majestic, exclusive, meal-like
Burnt soap – a good hug
Peerless
01Q4-Centennial
January 26th, 2002
Lakeview
Red syrup
Sherry
Smooth, friendly
Lingering but not intrusive
A nice Scotch – already in my collection
01Q4-Centennial
January 26th, 2002
Tao
Mahogany
Molasses – Sophia Loren in ‘House Boat’
Honey
Going-going-going-gone
01Q4-Centennial
January 26th, 2002
Ville
Burnt orange, bronze
Not Destination but pleasant. Fruit, flower
Mellow, soothing
Awesome. Where can I buy it!
01Q4-Centennial
January 26th, 2002

THE MACALLAN yo 00Q4 – THE MACALLAN 12 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Golden Brown
Almond – nutty
Thin
Smooth, delicate, sweet – fruity, caramel
Dry, “Try me again”
(During blind tasting) It asks questions I can’t answer.
00Q4-Bop
December 2nd, 2000
Centennial
Light Brown
Vanilla
Full
Woody
Delicious
00Q4-Bop
December 2nd, 2000
Cyclone
Bronze
Sugary, caramel, sweet
2 coats of paint
Feathery
(During blind tasting) Macallan? or Highland Park
00Q4-Bop
December 2nd, 2000
Irving
Nut brown
Light grass, light peat
Grassy, almond. Complex sweets, approachable
Lingering sweet
(During blind tasting) Complex fruit that unfolds through the finish. Leaves with a distinct port finish. Guess: Highland.
00Q4-Bop
December 2nd, 2000
Lakeview
Light brown
Sweet
Lingering
(During blind tasting) Awesome!
00Q4-Bop
December 2nd, 2000

THE MACALLAN yo 05Q1 – THE MACALLAN 12 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Full bodied
Sherried
Coating, lingering warmth
A standard, perhaps the definitive Macallan
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Bop
Nice red
Nice–light, woody
Woody, nutty
Sweetness from sherry
Lets not forget that this has won two blind KOTQ tastings
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Irving
Woody, sweet
Soapy, grassy
Approachable–easy drinker. Buy it!
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Lakeview
Caramel
Vanilla citrus
Nutmeg, taste the sherry
Asks the drinker to drink again
Much smoother than the cask strength (obviously!)
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Tao
Light brown
Mellow, rounded, non-dyed
Mod
Sweet, smooth
Wood
Teri Hatcher
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005

THE MACALLAN yo 04Q1 – THE MACALLAN 12 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Medicinal, toffee, slight salty air
Full and rich
Sweet, pepper
Coating
04Q1-Bluff
March 27th, 2004
Bop
Menthol plus wood
Oily
A bit rough – slaps the back of my throat
04Q1-Bluff
March 27th, 2004
Cyclone
Iodine, sweet, soapy
Thick, smooth
ethanol (alchohol), smoky
Aggressive but fun. I like it!
04Q1-Bluff
March 27th, 2004
Lakeview
Sweet and salt
Rushed
04Q1-Bluff
March 27th, 2004
Tao
Light
04Q1-Bluff
March 27th, 2004
Ville
Medium
Sweet, medium
Rough, slightly abrasive
04Q1-Bluff
March 27th, 2004

THE MACALLAN Fine Oak 05Q1 – THE MACALLAN 15 Fine Oak [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Woody
Medium bodied: Christina Applegate
Vanilla, oaky and semi-sweet
Somewhat spicy on finish
A nice surprise, but is it a Macallan?
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Bop
Very light–yellowy
Light–oaky nose when you pull on it.
A little bitter
Sour
Not what I expected. Probably a lot of bourbon cask hence the name “fine oak”
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Irving
Oaky, woody, iodine, little bit of smoke, esthers
Bitter, shallow, alcoholy
Unpleasant, quick
Not buy
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Lakeview
Amber
Bourbon, iodine
Light and flowery
Rich, but not quite as sweet
Not as complex as Macallan proper
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Tao
Light blond
So mixed
Angel legs
Nice
Commerical
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005

THE MACALLAN Private Bottling: Butt Cask #8271 10Q1 – THE MACALLAN 17 Private Bottling: Butt Cask #8271 [Aceo Limited bottling at Cask Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Balgam
Caramel
Fruit, brown sugar
Angie Everhardt
Thick, oily
10Q1-Bop
February 20th, 2010
Bibeau
Old fruit. Brown sugar
Barbie, chesty
Smooth, soft
Nice feel
Long leggy
10Q1-Bop
February 20th, 2010
Bop
Raisin
Thick, oily
Tasty – great
10Q1-Bop
February 20th, 2010
Lakeview
Dried fruit orange
Oily
Good but rather have PC7
No Oloroso in this bad boy
10Q1-Bop
February 20th, 2010
Tao
Perfect gold. Unfiltered
Oat meal. Raisin cookie
Full and almost oily
Yum. Even
Smooth
Full bodied but held back by Macallan evenness
10Q1-Bop
February 20th, 2010
Ville
Cherry, plum matured fruit and nut
Oil as expected. James Bond gal when cut
Smooth and sweet
Strong but firm uncut, mellow yet firm – medium cut
10Q1-Bop
February 20th, 2010

THE MACALLAN yo 05Q1 – THE MACALLAN 18 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
sherry on the nose
Rich, think
Syrupy, intense sherry, some petroleum, raisins
A bit hot/spicy on the tail
Not as enjoyable as the 12 year expression
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Bop
Back to the red
Sweet–wood
Hot–peppery
Almost identical to sherry
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Irving
Dark brown
Woody, faint orange, unexciting, unengaging
Hot, two-dimensional
Not buy
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Lakeview
Brown sugar
Vanilla and salt
Sherry and peppery
Smooth and sweet, orange
I want to drink the 25 after tasting this…
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Tao
Brunette
Smooth
Hot
Hot
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005

THE MACALLAN yo 15Q3 – THE MACALLAN 18 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Boysenberry and maple syrup combination
Sweet as usual yet very delicate
Macallan is always drinkable. No one would every turn away Macallan 18.
15Q3-Bluff
January 16th, 2016

THE MACALLAN yo 08Q1 – THE MACALLAN 18 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Sherry, petrol, vanilla
Oloroso, cream, vanilla
Rich, sweet
Perfect after dinner.
08Q1-Lakeview
February 16th, 2008
Bop
Pistachio nut + vanilla
Our hostess
Petrol taste a la Springbank 21
quick then sweet
A little too desserty
08Q1-Lakeview
February 16th, 2008

THE MACALLAN 30s Travel Series 09Q1 – THE MACALLAN nas 30s Travel Series [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Butter wood / hay
Sweet on front followed by pepper
Warm on finish
09Q1-Ville
February 27th, 2009

THE MACALLAN 40s Travel Series 09Q1 – THE MACALLAN nas 40s Travel Series [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Toast charred
Swarzy stuff. Hotter than 30s
Lingering thoughtful
Astringent
09Q1-Ville
February 27th, 2009

THE MACALLAN 50s Travel Series 09Q1 – THE MACALLAN nas 50s Travel Series [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
The sherry cream now apples
Betty Page. Fun & rich
Sweet but warm. Nice sherry cream
Coating Long Memorable
09Q1-Ville
February 27th, 2009

THE MACALLAN Cask 05Q1 – THE MACALLAN nas Cask [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Burnt toffee
Rich, full-bodied
Heavily sherried
Long, sweet, especially after being cut
Not a fan of cask strength
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Bop
Rich hue, reddish
Nice, sweet. Not too stout
Power, but still sweet. Not too nutty
Spicy
114 proof. This gives me indigestion.
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Irving
Rich orange
Sweet, orange citrus
Caramel, intense
Soapy, grassy
Lingering fruit
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Lakeview
Caramel
Vanilla
Salt & peppery
A little abrasive
Cutting it might make it more bearable
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005
Tao
Brunette
Caramel
Jennifer Lopez
Sharp
Harsh, rough
Atomic! Water, please.
05Q1-Centennial
February 19th, 2005

THE MACALLAN Whisky Makers Edition 16Q2 – THE MACALLAN nas Whisky Makers Edition [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
copper
typical Macallan nose—sherry, burnt toffee
rich and bold–not shy
sherry is obvious, kind of angostura bitters, licorice and peppers
rich and coating
It’s Macallan alright. Would rather hit up a Macallan 12. Very drinkable. Would not turn it down, but probably would not order up a second round.
16Q2-B Funk
July 23rd, 2016
Lakeview
Sherry and ginger
Spice and cinnamon
Smooth and easily drinkable
A buy
16Q2-B Funk
July 23rd, 2016