Macallan Cask Strength Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky/Speyside
90-95 Points Best Buy

Chestnut/oloroso Sherry-like hue. Smells of baked bananas, rancio, hard cheese, burnt matches, oloroso sherry, fruit cake, dark chocolate and charred hickory. On palate it's firm, not as hot as I thought it might be and lip-smackingly luscious; at midpalate the intensity of the alcohol slightly burns the tongue; once spring water is added the taste profile readjusts itself and emits ambrosial flavors of Christmas pudding, honey, molasses and dark caramel. Aftertaste is long, chewy and chunky. Luscious.

  • Price
    $50,  Buy Now
  • Appellation
    Scotland (UK)
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  • Rating
    90-95: Superb/Highly Recommended
  • Alcohol
    58.6%
  • Category
    Scotch Whisky
  • Date Published
    6/1/2006
  • User Avg Rating
    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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