So in case you missed my last review, basically I was sent an old Macallan to try by /u/Porkpants81 , enjoyed his swine legged generosity, and decided it would be a Macallan weekend.
Which basically means my two reviews this week are old Macallan whiskies.
I’ve been slowly working my way through the three recommendation lists on /r/Scotch , attempting to finish them as some fanciful reason as to credence as to why I can write these reviews. And since a friend of mine was stopping by on a trip from the UK, I decided it was time to try out the Macallan 1995 18 year Sherry Cask. Or basically theMacallan 18 Sherry Cask, as I’ll be referring to it.
Contrary to the Fine Oak series, the Sherry Oak series is aged in barrels seasoned with sherry from Spain and America. So it’s like enjoying a Paella mixed with Gumbo.
I’m now being told that my feelings on it are both phantasmal, amazing, and horribly wrong. I have had a Sherry that was aged in American oak, and wasn’t the biggest fan, however it could have just been shite Canadian sherry.
Enough Stalling TOModera, time to review this one!
Price: N/A in Ontario
Colour: Dark Burgundy
Nose: Cherry, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, sour grapes, orange, sunflower
There’s a lot of sherry going on here, and there might just be some whisky in there as well.
Joking aside, it really does smell like I’m just drinking sherry, save for some oak notes that I usually think of as “whisky-esque”
Taste: Juicy cherry, grape, cardamon, nutmeg, burn, lemon rind, cinnamon
Very juicy grapes and cherries. We’re talking about fruit that knows how to twerk.
Again though, it’s more wine than whisky at this stage, and while I’d like the above flavours mixed with a whisky base, it’s not a sherry bomb, it’s just a strong sherry.
Finish: Mushroom, sulfur, strawberry, butter, vanilla
And now it’s all earth, fruit and sulfur. God, I hate complaining about sulfur, makes me think I’m being a whiny bitch.
Suffice to say it’s short, not really pleasant, and luckily both at the same time.
Conclusion: Decent nose, decent taste, meh finish. It’s too sherried, almost, especially after tasting the interesting mixture of the Fine Oak. It’s a missed opportunity, as it tastes young and the finish just removes the fun of drinking it. That’s not to say that the taste and nose are bad; they are really quite nice…. as long as you don’t swallow it (The Lewinsky method of drinking whisky).
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