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Another year, another greatly anticipated 18 year old Macallan single malt matured in Sherry casks from Jerez, Spain. This is the 1996 vintage and it's just as gorgeous as previous bottlings.
Nose: Soft, plump raisins, ginger snaps dusted with cinnamon and vanilla creaminess. Oak in the background.
Palate: Stewed apples, again dusted with cinnamon. The oak from the nose develops. Clove and hints of orange peel.
Finish: Lasting notes of toffee, raisin and that final hint of oak.
Overall: A top-notch dram, rich and satisfying.
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Smooth and delicious. Had this in Syracuse NY on a cold night and was amazed
25th February 2016
Full disclosure, this was my first bottle of Macallan 18, and I must say, I am loving it! I recently went to Spain and sampled the delicious Pedro Martinez 30 (as well as their more accessible XO) and let me tell you, the nose on this Scotch brought me back to Barcelona. With that said, the apricot/plum/raisin notes are intense, and the silky-heavy mouth feel is long lasting. My wife picked this up for me for Valentine's Day, and I couldn't be more pleased (with both her and the Macallan). I am generally a Balvenie guy (I like smoke and oak and a little maple/vanilla), but this Scotch is well worth the $$. Sip it and savor it. Drink it neat, and add a splash of water for the second pour. Well done Macallan! Thank You!
14th February 2016
so delicious the bottle of MACALLAN18 i like it best
26th October 2015
Macallan 18 1996 sherry oak cask is the single malt I always come back to. Very flavorful, a gift to the nose, and a superb finish. The nose - heavy caramel tones. the palette - thick smokey, nutmeg, and fruits all rolled up into one. The finish is better than any - a thick nectar is left on your pallets that last seemingly forever. I normally drink it neat, but when a little water is added, the fruit flavors jump out at you. This one I normally save for me, and occasionally share with a good friend. It is definitely a sipping whiskey, that goes great with a good cigar.
22nd October 2015
This is my favorite. Complex flavor - fruity, smoky, nutty and spicy all rolled up together. It is fantastic neat, and heavy enough to hold its flavor when water is added. The finish is my favorite part of drinking Macallan 18 is the finish. It leaves a coating of nectar on your palate that last and last. You can sip on a dram for a while. Well worth the price.
6th December 2014
just to let you know that this is IMHO a very good Macallan however unfortunately overpriced as many whiskies are these days
12th November 2014
If you're at this review and wondering if you should pull the trigger, I think you should. This scotch is a classic. It's something that you can pour and always know that it will deliver. Whether you just ate a steak and want something to sip after dinner, or you're watching television on a random Wednesday, this whisky will be your friend for both. One suggestion I can give when drinking this whiskey is to pour a dram and then add 2-3 table spoons of ice cold water to it. It really brings out the subtle raisins and dampens the sherry note a bit so you can taste everything else. This is truly a gem, and 20 years from now this bottle will be worth $750, so if you don't drink it, don't be afraid to collect it. But drink it. No sense waiting 20 years when you can just have it now.
The Macallan 18 Sherry needs to be treated slowly. Keep it in the glass for at least 10 Minutes because there is some harsh alcohol at the beginning. But then you get tender smells of everything that is described above. This is why I think it's the best (haven't jet had the chance to try the 25 Sherry).Also the palate, don't expect something big, it's subtle, mellow and classi. For me a wonderful balance between dark fruit flavours and christmas spices, like a perfume for winter, if you know what I mean.
14th October 2014
Same comment as above.Macallan should sell this to China and charge them double. I changed my favour to Balvenie which is far better in quality at this price level.
24th June 2014
Very close to the 12 year standard. Color and taste much lighter than the 1995.Slightly disappointing for me.In my oppinion overpriced now.
17th June 2014