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The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series

(70cl, 40%)

The Macallan Amber - 1824 Series

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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.

This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in touch!

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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Macallan Amber - 1824 Series Reviews

NAS can rival older aged statements.

Refutes the claim that NAS whiskies are poorer. A lovely whisky.
The dry fruits come through on the nose and the palate. The spirit is not overwhelmed or overpowered by the dominant assertive nature of the European Oak, probably because it is still a fairly young whisky.
Cinnamon, raisins, currants, sultanas, figs, all come through strongly, but so does the Golden Promise barley influence in terms of fruity, nutty waxy oily spicey slightly bitter notes along with barley sugar notes.
A lovely whisky.

26th November 2019

Spey that’s nice with spicy price

This is quite a pleasant speysider.
Let’s try to forget for a moment, what name’s on the label. Then more people might rate this better. ‘Cause it’s actually very well made. It has the delightful nose that gives away a sherried whisky. It has the freshnes and fruitines the is speyside, a crisp and spicy taste and a rather fat mouthfeel. The finish is fairly long and pleasant.

At this point I’m 4.5, but:

It does have a pricetag where you can easily find better competitors among Benriach, Glenlivet and others.
That’s. When we remember the name on the label.
You do pay for that name.

For what it is though - it is a good whisky but fans of the brand may find it a bit underwhelming.

28th September 2019

Dependably average, but expensive for that.

I am not a scotch connoisseur, but enjoy a good dram now and then. A bottle of the Amber was my first taste of a Speyside. I have mostly enjoyed the heavy smokey peat of Islay (Lagavulin and Laphraoig), the honey and flowers of Dalwhinie and the "ocean and seaweed in your mouth" of Talisker. I was excited to finally try a Macallan and there was no 12 or 18 available. The Amber was smooth and easy to drink (my wife liked it best), but I felt I had been left at the altar compared to my usual drams. I am unsure whether to just be content with those I have come to love or try again with another Macallan. I have read the comments about "no age". I generally don't buy non-vintage wines (I'm in Europe), but I understand in California the weather is so consistent that vintages were not important until they began competing with European wines and it was the required protocol for anything over $15. I understand the side that says, "judge by the taste, not the age, but I feel part of the appreciation of a good dram is its story, location, type of casks, age in the cask, etc. etc. and so, if I want a decent table wine or a dependable average dram of scotch, the vintage/age doesn't matter much, but for that special adventure, knowing the weather challenges and individual characteristics of a vintage are important to me and the same with a special dram of single malt whisky. For the price, I expected more than a table bottle/dram.

8th January 2019

Enjoyed drinking it !

Smooth and well balanced. I usually drink the standard Balvenie

25th September 2018

Stay away from this one.

Nose is almost non existent. Palate is limited (vanilla and dried fruits mostly).
Finish? What finish? On the bright side it's rather smooth with very little if any mouth burn.
Overall I wouldn't say this is a bad single malt, just a fantastically overpriced one.
You have been warned!

7th March 2018


Nose is not bad, but that solventy finish. Nope. Try something else.

20th January 2018

Absolutely ruining a brand -- just awful

Why are you doing away with the ages? Such a bad idea. Macallan 12 and 18 are a staples on my bar -- I'm offended that you would water down your brand.

28th December 2017

You’ll cry when the bottle empties.

My wife and I have tried a bottle of Siena and Amber. While the Siena is more expensive and more complex we prefer the Amber for that special after work moment. It is lucious in its wash on the tongue and less challenging to pallet. Maybe we we aged aficionados we might have more sophisticated perceptions but for our money the Amber is God’s gift to Scotch drinkers.

22nd October 2017

About the right price range

Just above average, easy to drink and likeable.

17th October 2017

Nasty....Just Nasty! Had so much better £20 Malts from Supermarkets

Lemon drizzle cake on the nose, intense mid palette mouth burn continuing for a long time, despite being 40% vol, delivers a cask strength mouth burn. Adding water suppresses the burn, but gives a weak, watery mouth feel consistent with a £20 supermarket malt. Used a Master of Malt 'Drinks by the Dram' taste tester for review; beginning to now regret buying 2 bottles during Amazon lightning deals offer

3rd July 2017

One of the best whiskeys I've had and at the price wow 5stars

One of the best whiskeys I've had and at the price wow 5stars

3rd June 2017

Try something else

They have stayed too far away from their signature tastes on this one. Don't waste your time.

17th April 2017

Nice and easy

like the taste

5th January 2017

Macallan amber

Worst whisky ív had this year just finishing a Glendronach 12 a lovely dram got Macallan Amber for Christmas it's a tasteless watery bland young whisky compared to the Glendronach I've given it away and will get another Glendronach 12

29th December 2016


I gave it a 6 because the nose is euphoric, but the palate and finish is the opposite. The natural deep color is a nice feature but the taste is so watery that although you could easily just pass it off as "smooth", It's rather bland to me. On the other hand it's a 40 percent whisky that tastes lighter than most wines at less than 20 percent so to some that might be worth the price...Almost an accomplishment really. I mean overall it's pleasant. Nothing bad going on, just more to be desired mostly in the finish. It doesn't linger. Yeah sniffing this the nose is almost worth it though.

21st December 2016

Easy Drinking Scotch

This one if one of my favorites because it's very easy drinking neat. To each their own and depends what you are looking for. As the person below said it, great for beginners and one a lady could drink. I personally highly recommend it.

20th December 2016

interesting, but pricey

good nose, spicy, tolerable, should've paid extra for jw platinum

22nd October 2016

Good.. for guests

It's about average for the price - much better than the typical 12 yo and also quite a bit more expensive, which is probably why they don't want to put an age statement. Finish is a bit bitter, but otherwise it's well balanced and pleasant.

12th October 2016

Don't waste your $$$

The nose is good but after that she's all down hill. Watery mouth feel and the finish is.....what finish. Absolute rubish, save your hard earned money and buy something of quality.

9th August 2016


Not bad. Rather okay. Not a complex whisky. Good for beginners. Great nose, honey, fruits & oak. Palate & finish are veeeery smooth & bitter. Not a great tasting whisky but a okay everyday dram !

6th August 2016

Nice and overpriced

Tastes really good. A lot of sweetness, citrus and thickness almost in a benriach sort of way. However from my point of view they did a good job to create an older taste using batches of younger whisky. Not to disturbing yet noticable. In the end the normal average price of 54 euro here in the Netherlands is a bit to much compared to the taste of Glennfiddich 12 or Creggan more 12. In the end i think it's pretty nice but i won't buy one more.

26th July 2016

I was somewhat surprised.

I had never tried Macallan since getting into single malts a couple of years ago and decided to try some recently. I looked for the 12 year old but found none. Instead I found the Gold and the Amber. I looked at the label and asked the clerk how old it was. He confessed he did not know but said that the Amber is supposed to be the "replacement" for the 12 year old. I felt unsure about this as the absence of a date stamp bothered me. When I got home and tried it, I found myself tolerating the taste rather than liking it. And the finish was very poor. I overpaid for this and I will not buy another Macallan product after this.

18th June 2016

Good balance

I am quite experienced scotch fan and I found the comparison with JW Black label below quite amusing. This is far better, make no mistake. It's uncomplicated, to be sure, but always enjoyable. Better than any 12 yo I've had, but (in Canada) priced like a 15 or even some 18 yo. Even so , I always have a bottle in my cabinet and go back to it once in a while.

3rd June 2016


But then so is almost all of the Macallan range, right? and yet still..... When you buy a 12YO Macallan(Fine or Sherry Oak) it is very obviously double the cost of a good 12 YO single malt. In the same way that a well specced Mercedes costs twice as much as a Ford, Toyota, Vauxhall, what have you while not necessary being twice as good. But it is a significant cut above the muster, so you better cough up. Now, this Amber is more like an A class Mercedes or a Smart. It is a well established premium incumbent trying to mix it with the bargain basement competitors. I have no doubt this will sell well but in the process it dilutes the brand name very badly.
I tasted this on Macallans distillery tour first. They had 12YO Sherry, 12YO Fine Oak, Amber and 18YO Fine Oak. The idea, I'm told, was to create a Single Malt that is more a drink to have while having a conversation. It has a simple(might say plain) flavour profile and a very short finish. Nothing to reflect on, nothing to discover, just a quick taste. You have to give it one thing. It does not taste fiery and peppery and harsh like a young and feisty low age single malt. I guess that is the mastery of Bob Delgarno. He's done the best he could with low rate material. On the flipside however, there is absolutely no complexity, no buildup, no lingering aromas, nothing opens up. You won't ponder trying to identify the different flavours and smells. It's like a gin tonic. Which is fine, of course, but then why pay this much?
Do not be fooled by comments saying it's like a high quality blend. A simple 12 YO Black Label for half the price blows this clean out of the woods. So does a simple 12YO Aberlour or 12YO Glendronach or 'Glenmorangie La Santa or a 12YO Dalmore and all of these are cheaper. You would be hard pressed to find a single malt above 10 years that isn't demonstrably better than Amber. Age matters. It just does. It's not a guarantee for quality, it's just a prerequisite. The end.
By the way, this whisky is rated lower than Macallan Gold. Do you really wonder if it is any good?

4th March 2016

Sheep in wolf's clothing

It's an "ok" Scotch. Meh.

We know what you're up to guys. You're running out of the old stuff and flogging us bland, drab, three year old whisky dressed up in fancy labels. You're killing your brand. I for one won't touch another Macacllan without a clear age statement.

If you're not really a whisky drinker you may love this. It has a strong flavour of malt and a good smooth mouth feel. The toffee/vanilla is overpowering though and it is completely lacking in depth. It's like listening to Mahler's Titan on an iPod. Only slightly better than Penderyn Aur Cymru and that is truly dreadful.

My advice to my fellow whisky drinkers if you want a good Speysider is to drink Cragganmore 12 at about half the price.

26th January 2016

Not so fast...

Let's get this out of the way: in and of itself, the Amber is not at all bad, hell it's even pretty good, if a bit synthetic and floral in the nose and delivery of the palate. You can tell that this is a scotch trying to taste older than it really is, but it's still good, in a JW Green Label sorta way. It's also clear that the front-line Macallan folks are trying very hard to make a good product and effort was clearly expended on this Amber.

The problem is Edrington has lost their minds: it isn't nearly as good as the similarly priced (for us in the USA) Mac12 (which itself is over-priced). This is a good 35 dollar whisky, not a 50 or 60 dollar scotch. Only corporate dictated growth and margin requirements, banking on the brand capital of Macallan, could justify trying to sell this product at this price-point. For customers like me, who considers Mac 12 a staple, if I were confronted (as many customers outside the US have been) with this product suddenly at my local store in place of the 12, at the same price point, I'd simply never buy Macallan again. Regardless of the Amber being a good dram, or Macallan's aged stock versus demand issues pushing them to NAS, at this price-point it's a reputation destroying product for Macallan.

10th January 2016

my wife loves it!

Impressive, so balanced and full of sense. I don't how you dare criticize it. Do we drink the same whisky?
On top of that, it's my wife's favorite! It's not bad for 40 euros.

28th November 2015

Back to the Old standby

Too pricey; I get the same pleasure from 10 year old Aberlour for half the price. Nice try but you fall flat in my books !

11th September 2015

Worth a try

A sweet, easy, everyday drinker - particularly worth saving for a Christmas drink among friends with spicy, mince pie flavours. There are better whiskys at this price but this won't disappoint...

26th July 2015

Worst value ever

This is the most boring (high quality) whisky I've ever had, and it was expensive too. Hopefully Macallan has something else up their sleeve to justify the hype.

8th June 2015

Why Fix it if it ain't broke.

When I think about buying a quality Scotch Whisky as an investment or a wee celebration Macallan's are at the top of my shopping list. Why in the name of progress would I buy a "new no age statement"
The only statement I get....Not impressed,and I wont be investing

12th April 2015

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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