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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

MACALLAN 1993 - ADELPHI

Macallan - The 'Rolls Royce' of Distilleries... James Bond drinks Macallan 50yo, Macallan and Oakley design makes an indestructible hip flask...

We all know Macallan in association with these adjectives and lately we've also seen them remove the age statement from most of their bottlings. There were public outcries across the whisky world when owners Edrington announced this...

I must admit that an age statement on the bottle suits me the best... BUT that said I do get its easier for the distillers to put together bottlings when they're not limited to using stock of a certain minimum age. The NAS (No age statement) quickly became NAS (No aged stock) on media like Facebook when this was announced... and honestly this is probably what this is all about - the distillers can't keep up with demand anymore. You see this across several brands these days - likes of Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, Laphroaig and Talisker have also been doing this for a while now, so it can hardly come as a surprise markets are still surging outside the Euro-zone.

I've yet to try the new Macallans now labelled the '1824'-series... but is this all bad? for the whisky drinker? well, maybe - you don't know how old the whisky you're drinking is anymore, but if it tastes is ok, do you mind? do you see the age statement on the bottle as a stamp of quality assurance or can you do without as long as it tastes good? Feel free to leave your thoughts on this below...

We're of course heading into a Macallan review here... and a Macallan from one of my favourite bottlers, Adelphi...

It's a refill sherry hogshead and I wrote this review when I was 3/4 down the bottle and I'm thinking this is what the -now to be discontinued- Fine Oak series might taste like at full strength...

Macallan 1993 17yo 53,7%, refill sherry hogshead#11641, Adelphi

Colour is light amber

Nose:
Stewed apples, hints of white chocolate, thick malt, a little spicy oak nip and an almost floral sweetness to it, heathery and buttery

Taste:
Creamy malt and spice arrival, then a light sherry sweetness along with warm apples, huge malt presence, more fruits, toffee, oily, nuts and spices.

Great stuff, this one!

88/100!

1 comment:

  1. Turning the age statement question on its head, I think age statement has two edges, on o

    Turning the age statement question on its head, I think age statement has two edges, on one edge it is a perceived badge of honor and quality, on the other hand it is easier to use to justify a higher price. The quality is not quite true, one of the three oldest whiskies I have had is in the running for one of the worst I have ever had. While one of the youngest scotches ( with an age statement) I have ever had is pretty damn delicious, far better than most 12 year old OB's. ne edge it is a perceived badge of honor and quality, on the other hand it is easier to use to justify a higher price. The quality is not quite true, one of the three oldest whiskies I have had is in the running for one of the worst I have ever had. While one of the youngest scotches ( with an age statement) I have ever had is pretty damn delicious, far better than most 12 year old OB's.

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