The Schtick: This was a whiskey I enjoyed blind while I reviewed it live on the Whiskey Network Discord server.
Distiller: The Macallan
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt Collection
ABV: 43% ABV
Age: 18 Years
Nose: Funky, musty, fruits. Mud. Oak. Cocoa, toffee, sugary butterscotch. Apple crisp. Sourdough bread.
Taste: Medium mouth feel, sweet. Dole fruit syrup. Really sweet. Faint heat. Confectioners sugar, vanilla cream. Apple pie. Pears. Faint lemon lime zest. Really creamy, almost some buttered popcorn.
Finish: Short, not super rich, but sweet and fruity. Faint oak structure here, lightly effervescent. Some bittering with time. No real smoke, brine or pepper. Faint plastic. Sweet, faint sulfur.
Overall + Guess: I liked this. It really kept me guessing. If it’s peated, it’s super subtle. The only real indicators I get is some faint burning plastic on the palate. Nothing really Islay driven. It has a great nose and some nice structure in the body. The palate is sweet, creamy, fruity, buttery and only sort of bitter. Like a buttery Chardonnay and some woodiness, but it’s light and wispy. I can see there may be some wine influence here. Either that, or it’s an incredibly light brandy product. I don’t think that’s the case, though. I’m guessing this is a 14-18 year old scotch whiskey, it is bottled at 46% ABV. Unpeated, maybe some refill sherry, but definitely nothing full maturation. This might be a Glenfiddich or Glenlivet, Ben Nevis or Unpeated Caol Ila. The fruity, bready, sweet creamy profile is glaring, but I can’t put a finger on the exact distillery.
Reveal: Speymalt The Macallan 18yr 1998 43% ABV – damn! I was so close. I’ve had IB Macallan before and I’m a little miffed I missed out on those notes. However, I feel pretty confident in nailing the age, getting close on the proof, and generally doing well with the profile. Super cool stuff, here.
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