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The jewel in the crown of The Macallan's 1824 Series is erm, a Ruby! With the darkest hue in a no age statement range where colour is king, Ruby has spent the longest time in only the very finest sherry casks. The colour has been taken on naturally with no artificial colouring.
Nose: Rich wedding cake and espresso, cocoa, a little clove and walnut.
Palate: Raspberry coulis, maraschino, prunes, marmalade.
Finish: Long and rich, dark berries and ginger.
Overall: Big, bold, fruity sherried Speyside.
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OK first a disclaimer...I am an Islay fan. I like scotch that hits you and you respect it by sipping slowly. I like complexity and rich, viscous liquid. This Ruby bottle is none of the above and absolute garbage. Forgot even the price, it has zero complexity, no kick, and you might as well be drinking sherry because the sweetness is like syrup. I have 7/8 of a bottle that may hit the sink. I can see why this was discontinued so fast.
3rd February 2017
I am a Macallan fan. The 18 yr sherry oak & 25 yr sherry oak are my favourites. Not to forget the epic 10yr cask strength and the 12 year Gran reserva. Having tasted such Macallans, reading the reviews of the 1824 series has been quite disappointing. I dint bother to try until recently when the duty free had a 20% discount on pre-order. The Ruby is certainly not as great as the Macallan 18. But its still is an outstanding whisky. The first fill sherry casks stand out. Quite exceptional. A sweetness appears when it touches the palate but soon disappears. There should be some young whiskies to make it 'intense'. On the nose, it is a sherry bomb. Cinnamon, mild orange flavour & dry fruits. The finish is long but lacks the 'signature Macallan' finish. Adding a drop or two of water doesn't make it any better. Good one but not as great as the other Macallans but I paid 35% less than the Macallan 18 sherry oak & therefore I find it good.
25th November 2016
If you want easy drinking then this is not for you. If you want spice, smokey, and bite then go for it.
29th August 2016
A wonderful smooth flowing drink I always enjoy it to the fullest never I doubt ordering it.
5th May 2016
Had this beauty for the first time last night.... worth every cent of the $19 I paid for a nip..... twice :-)
2nd April 2016
With the hefty price tag to just have a dram. One of the most wonderful flavours I have ever experienced!
16th March 2016
Usually drink the Macallan 18 yo. But couldn't find it. Thought it was a bit costly but gave it a go. No regrets. The finest Macallan whisky I've had! Wonderful! Can't get it easily now. May be a collectors item very soon.
I bought a bottle of this , haven't tried it, YET, but i did talk to a Macallan Rep, and yes they will NOT be making any more Ruby's.
1st March 2016
This beautiful Ruby would be labeled 18yo if it had an age statement. Better than Rare Cask. One of the best Macallans. Unfortunately little birds are singing Ruby will go out of the market. Macallan does not have enough old casks that go into this red gem. Expect prices to sky rocket.
29th February 2016
I think this taste better than the 18yo. I would buy again but the price went up $30! If it does go down in price, I will pick up another bottle. At this price point $185, I would rather buy the 18yo as it is available in the US.
30th December 2015
I'd been a MacCallan fan up until a few years ago, but this entire 1824 series hasn't done anything to earn my loyalty back. At this price point I'd expect this whisky at least equivalent to the old 18 y.o line. Although this whisky is decent I find it to exhibit the characteristics of a young spirit. Sorry, but I cannot help but feel like this whisky represents the end of an era.
I've been trying to find this bottle for a while. I had forgotten that I have two sample bottles two tucked away in my closet. It was a nice pour, but not what I excepted. I already ordered me a bottle. I still stand by my "GLENLIVET."
25th November 2015
I've read this a few times, so I'll just add to the noise: Rather synthetic. Well-engineered to do what sherry is supposed to, but lacks artisanal depth (-1 star). Stupidly overpriced subtracts 2 stars. Rather go for the Balblair 90, Glendronach 18yo or Glenfarclas 17yo. Sorry Macallan, but I know you can do better.
21st July 2015
The first time I tasted this I absolutely loved it.. That was back before I had really developed my palate and my standard for excellence didn't go past Johnny walker black, and laphroaig quarter cask. Now a year and a half + 39 different scotches tried including the macallan 18 I have come to the realization that it has failed completely in that it doesn't have complexity, it tastes like it was created by a team of chemical engineers for the next generation of idiots who would rather have a scotch that compares more to spiced rum than it does to the beauty of a scotch that spends decades of maturation to gain the natural complexity, and balance that make all the wonderful tasting notes tie together into something worth reverence.
26th April 2015
Its a vers rich and full sherry whiskey. I would assume a mixture of relatively young first fill sherry and some bourbon and elder first fill sherry casks to add some depth.But for that price there has to be more.It tastes synthetic, the taste is constructed to sherryness, and lacks the depth and richness of the older macallans.No age statement as a way to make as much money as possible as quick as possible out of good, but not excellent whisky. Misses character, just shows off with sherry... But nothing behind it.
15th February 2015
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
This is an incredible single malt scotch whisky. Tastes of vanilla and cherries and absolutely smooth.The colour has an incredible ruby hue.
1st September 2014
I tried this after my Dad bought a bottle for himself. It's one of the smoothest scotch single malts I have ever had. In my opinion it's not got the complexities of a Glenlivet 15 or 21 yo but instead very easy drinking with loads of flavour from the sherry cask. The colour is immense too. I would definitely consider a bottle of this if I was looking to spend £100+ on a bottle. I've scored this a 10 as I have no criticisms.
28th June 2014
Really easy drinking straight out of the bottle. Deep sherry flavor but less viscous than the 12 or 18. At about $200 with shipping it's steep, but when has Macallan ever been cheap. It's a great dram by any standard. Easy drinking with a complex notes of sherry wood, fruits, and almost a cherry liquor finish. Just buy one. You know you want it.
9th June 2014
I live in Seattle and received my order in 2 days. So incredible...so dangerous! You guys should get into the flowers selling biz to appease the wives who frequently receive the shipment. The Ruby is fantastic. If you live in the states, do it! The no age statement is interesting and in my opinion it's a 15-21yo. It bears a similar taste/feeling to the 18 sherry/oak. My main point is that 1) I can't buy my current shipment in the US. And 2) if I buy Macallan 18 here, it's $190. Keep up the good work gents! You have a customer for life!
20th July 2013