I got points! Two days in a row!
Heavy on the nose, with some leathery sherry and heavy spirit. Quite earthy, with baked fruits (blackberries, plums). With a big inhale there’s a bit of a minty note. Black cherries. Quite nice.
Surprisingly sharp on the palate, with some definit peppery bite. Lots of black pepper and chili peppers. Some fruity sweetness to boot, and an oaky backdrop. Somehow I get a bit of a caffe latte flavor too.
Smooth and creamy finish, with fruit syrup. Quite warming and pretty long.
I didn’t guess the distillery since I don’t find this a typical Macallan. Especially the peppery palate was surprising for the brand. I also didn’t guess the age or ABV right. The ABV because of the palate, which I found rather sharp, and the age because I thought there were less wood notes than I’d expect from 18 years old.
Still, a pretty tasty dram! And 20 points for getting the region right!
Macallan 18, 1998-2016, 43%, G&M Speymalt.