Review: The Macallan 1824 CollectionFebruary 19th, 2009
I have a lot of new reviews in the queue. It’s been a while since I posted a review, so here are four!
Focus on The Macallan 1824 Collection
This is a new line of whiskies exclusively for Travel Retail, ranging from $60-$1,900. None of them have age statements. They are currently slated to debut in April, 2009, with the exception of the 1824 Limited Release decanter, which will debut in October, 2009. Prices were converted From Euros to Dollars at the current exchange rate of 1.3. These are advanced Malt Advocate magazine ratings, which will appear in the next issue.
85 The Macallan Select Oak, 40%, $60/1L
Straw gold. Well rounded, with fresh vanilla, berries in cream, caramel custard, toasted oak, and gentle dried spice. A really nice every day, anytime dram. The best price/quality ratio of the range.
83 The Macallan Whisky Maker’s Edition, 42.8%, $90/1L
Full gold. Oily in texture, with ripe barley, front-loaded toffee, honey drenched citrus, fallen orchard fruit, and a full complement of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove). Gripping, resinous, slightly hot finish. The flavors don’t meld together here as well as the other three expressions, but it’s still a fun ride.
95 The Macallan Estate Reserve, 45.7%, $215
Amber color. Richly textured (great mouthfeel), with vanilla fudge, nougat, ripe citrus, and ginger cake, leading to a complex, spicy finish. Great depth on this one. And polished. My pick of the lot.
94 The Macallan 1824 Limited Release, 48%, $1,900
Antique amber. The darkest and most decadent of the four. Quite viscous and soothing, with well-layered notes of apple pie, marmalade, and maple syrup balanced by dried fruits, ginger, polished leather, tobacco and resinous oak. One to sip and savor very slowly. (This whisky is much better than the last ultra-premium release, the Macallan 55 year old in the Lalique Decanter, and thousands of dollars less.)