BTC 2016, sample 2: Macallan 18, 1998-2016, 43%, G&M Speymalt

I got points! Two days in a row!

Image from Whiskybase

Image from Whiskybase

Sniff:
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.

Sip:
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.

Swallow:
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!

87/100

Macallan 18, 1998-2016, 43%, G&M Speymalt.

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About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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