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Friday’s Pan: The Macallan Lalique Decanter, 55 year old

March 7th, 2008

The Macallan Lalique Decanter, 55 year old, 40.1%, $12,000
Deep, thick nose, with sappy oak, dried citrus, old leather, spearmint and background leafy smoke. Nicely viscous on the palate, with similar notes as the aroma. But mid-palate the age gets the best of this whisky. The flavors flatten out and the wood dominates through the finish as the leather notes linger.

It’s a rare treat to taste a whisky this old. If you like Lalique (and have the money), then this new bottling is worth some consideration, because there are certainly moments of intrigue on the nose and beginning of the palate. But, I have tasted several other 50-plus year old Macallans, and I can say with certainty that the 50 year old Millennium bottling and the 1946 vintage release were better and can probably still be found for a significantly lower price (Only 420 bottles available worldwide.)

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 74

3 Responses to “Friday’s Pan: The Macallan Lalique Decanter, 55 year old”

  1. sam k says:

    Wow, a $12,000 whisky falls short! I admire Macallan’s ambition, but it makes me a lot more comfortable with a proven $50 bottle!

  2. Shlomo says:

    The 50 year old was much better on the palate than this one. However they must have blended a significant amount of 1946 into it because the nose smelled somewhat similar.

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