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The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series

(70cl, 40.0%)
The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series

Awards for The Macallan Amber


Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2013

International Wine & Spirit Competition

The Macallan Amber Details

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The Macallan Amber Bottling Note

Amber is part of The Macallan's new no age statement range of Speyside single malts, which concentrates on colour. The theory is that by using 100% sherry casks and natural colour, the darker the whisky, the older and more complex.
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Soft aromatic vanilla, lemon and barley with hints of ginger. Milk chocolate buttons and hints of Sun-Maid Raisins.

Palate: Surprisingly thick and fruity compared to the nose. Golden sultanas, dates, apple peelings and a dusting of cinnamon. Cereal notes on the mid-palate, joined by mince pies with crumbly shortbread.

Finish: Fragrant oak finish, with the mince pie notes lingering.

Overall: The second level in the 1824 Series, after the more citrus-led Gold.

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    User Reviews of the Macallan Amber - 1824 Series

    Give me the old 12yo

    If I were to compare this Amber to the original 12yo, the old still lingers in my mouth while this amber is nothing but an immature rendition of trying to become something it can not.

    I agree that Macallan has set a standard, but the bean counters have told the Master to figure out a way to begin selling before it's time. Unfortunately in the business world, what rules is the bottom line.

    I will stock up with the old 12yo and drinks k it to my delight, but I will pass by this Amber and anything related to the new series. Too expensive and lack of body.

    19th February 2015

    Not bad

    I was intrigued by the non-aged concept... it is not a great dram but I've had a lot worst.. the feel of the dram was thick... I would like a stronger burn and taste if I were to covet this dram in my special batch... for a group of friends to hangout and drink a smooth 'light' dram this will do just fine!!!

    22nd January 2015

    Average for Price

    Purchase base on earlier reviews but frankly found to be only an average experience versus price in Toronto. Not likely to re-purchase as disappointed with the palate. Value not there for me.

    16th January 2015

    Do buy this

    I found this a very gentle and smooth expression, and a surprise for a Macallan. Fresh fruit (apple and pear) and dried fruit on the nose gave a wonderful balance. Sweet and vanilla notes on the palette, with a lovely finish. OK, there is not age, but surely it is the quality of the liquid that counts!

    9th January 2015

    Do not buy this

    Color doesn't tell you anything about the whisky. this is just A way to Sell immature overpriced whisky which is very much the case with this one. you can get much better stuff for the same price. go for age statement whiskeys then you have a much better idea what kind of Quality is in the bottle

    2nd January 2015

    Stands up as a worthwhile whisky in its own right.

    At around £45 I guess this is probably about the price the old 12 year old would be were it still available. As with traditional Macallan this appears to be Sherry cask which is good to see. Overall it lacks the deep rich oily and slightly heavier character of the old 12 but I think it is deeply unfair to judge a whisky by comparison. In it's own right I think it's a whisky that has some real merit and can stand completely up for itself. On tasting it appears to have a relatively wide maturity range within it, and so I do wonder whether in addition to some whisky that is about the maturity they were looking for whether there is also some younger spirit used with some older spirit balancing that out. What this seems to give is a central core of rich brandy soaked fruit cake, with cinnamon and old french polished mahogany, but there are lighter highlights of lemon meringue pie with a crushed digestive base and fresh fruit which perhaps come from some of these lighter notes. All in all it's a very rounded whisky that does what it does very well indeed and I think will bring on plenty of new Macallan drinkers when given the opportunity to try it. I am sure some lovers of the old styles of Macallan will remain against these new releases however.

    23rd December 2014

    Macallan Amber

    A very Christmassy whisky - sweet and toasty. Nose: Raisin, fresh green grapes, oak, sherry, lemon. Palate: burnt sugar, cloves, cinnamon, mincemeat, toasted almonds. Finish: fairly quick, spice, pepper, brandy cream.

    23rd December 2014

    Macallan is finished

    Over this Christmas I will enjoy my last battle of Macallan 18. Currently, nothing out there from Macallan to replace it.

    13th December 2014

    You're getting what you pay for!!

    Macallan has set the standard! they are simply trying to appease a growing market of young scotch drinks..... this baby has some bite! but it's true and lite! The greenhorns out there should try this scotch for both its price point and nodes.... I think people are forgetting this is a growing market and people want to try new things

    28th November 2014

    Average good malt...

    ...good whisky as usual, not one to remember for the ages, but decent and possibly the only good malt in their terrible advents calendar.

    22nd November 2014

    good but...nothing special

    It's really light on smell and delicate, soft taste. Very easy to enjoy, drinkable, good for beginers because of not strong taste and body

    4th October 2014

    Age Statements

    I don't have a problem with not having age statements. In some ways, not having an age statement allows the distiller to blend the whiskys with an eye only to flavor, and not being prevented from using a certain barrel in the blend for because some arbitrary age designation isn't being met. That being said... I'm a little suspicious that Macallan is using these non-age stated whiskys as a way to deal with the fact that they simply can't meet demand right now.

    Anyway... I thought this whisky was just OK, and kind of lacked depth of flavor. I suppose it's a little lighter than most scotch, if that's what you're looking for. For this price though, I could get a far superior whisky from Macallan or another distiller and still have money left over.

    11th September 2014

    That's some great scotch

    Bought a bottle for a friend's birthday. Had the pleasure of sharing it with him and friends. New to all of us and it was wonderful. Full flavors of vanilla and smooth finish. While a bit pricey in Toronto well worth the price. By the way, age be damned this is really good stuff.

    1st August 2014

    Lovely taste

    Not great on the nose but an unexpected delight - silky smooth and full of fruit. A good one to catch out whiskey snobs!Overall tastes similar to the Macallan 10 and normally £50 plus - this is great value. last tip - 2 drops of water makes it even more drinkable

    24th June 2014

    Good Stuff!!!

    I have been drinking this stuff for the last few months and to be honest I like it a lot. I am not a fan of the no age statements but I do know what I like. I find it extremely soft on the nose. (in fact it is almost as if there is no smell) but on the palate if is definitely a MACALLAN. A good everyday dram. I like it!

    21st March 2014

    Age Statement Nonsense. Please.

    People complaining about age statements need to educate themselves. Age statements do not indicate quality and one should trust Macallan to know when the whisky is ready. In addition, I highly doubt they care that you are staying away, considering the demand they have all over the world.

    10th February 2014

    Just try it, it's good.

    Stop complaining about the age issue and try it out.
    Sweet delicate with apple and toffee notes.
    This one will go in my collection as a must have.

    4th February 2014

    Oh come on?

    you are no whiskylover if age is all you go by! macallan is one of the best distillers in the world with a Grand master blender thats just amazing. if you don't want to buy it and do not thrust the quality then good riddance.

    29th January 2014


    Age statements do not make much of a difference to quality as long as it was made correctly and not on the cheap. Many 10 year old bottlings are better than those aged 18 years. I would trust that at this price, it would be a quality bottling using quality barrels to age the spirit. However, what I do have an issue with is the 40%. Come on!! At this price is expect at least 43% or 46%. A bit disappointed at that.

    7th January 2014

    waiting for answer

    any answer to the questions above?

    30th December 2013

    The Macallan Whisky

    Given the price of The Macallan Whisky one should be entitled to know it's age. Why are they hiding it?

    24th December 2013

    Underage ?

    I do not date under age women and I do not drink under age scotch . When there is no age on scotch I am of the opinion that it's age is hidden on purpose .

    21st December 2013

    No Age Statement

    Until Macallan come to the senses and return to telling consumers just how old their whisky is, I am keeping well away. At £46 a bottle I believe I am entitled to know its age - Why are Macallan hiding the ages of their whiskys?

    30th September 2013

    @Is this the right price?

    Nice spot. This has now indeed been rectified. --The Chaps at Master of Malt

    15th July 2013

    Is this the right price?

    I thought the Amber was meant to be cheaper than the Sienna.

    14th July 2013

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