Macallan 10 Years Old (Sherry), 40% ABV, £66 including shipping, (Review: Drinks by the Dram 3cl sample)
- Nose: Classic Macallan-like sherry, cherries, strawberry jam, raisins, plums, fudge, and chocolate.
- Taste: Everything I got from the nose was on the palate, with a little more chocolate, added oak, and spice.
- Finish: Medium length.
- Thoughts: I would be hard pressed to distinguish this from the current 12 year old sherry. They are very similar. I think the 12 has a little more complexity on the palate and finish, but I’m very impressed, this tastes older than 10 years. It may have to do with the 10 being discontinued in most, if not all markets. I have heard the amount of second-fill sherry going into current releases of the 12 and 18 is more than in previous years. There’s a good chance this 10 was bottled back when Macallan were using more first-fill Spanish oak; and perhaps there’s older whisky in it as well. I overpaid for this bottle relative to quality, (12 yr is about 40% less money) but I wanted it for my collection. If this was currently available, at this quality, and priced accordingly with the 12, I’d be all over it! Very nice indeed!
- Score: 85.5 – 2.5 value point(s) = 83/100
After my initial score I will add or subtract points relative on how I perceive value (based on what I paid for the bottle). A zero value means I think the price is justified.
0-69.5 – Don’t bother trying, life is too short for bad spirit.
70-79.5 – Worth trying, but you’re not missing out if you don’t.
80-84.5 – I recommend trying.
85-87.5 – Definitely try this!
88-92.5 – I recommend buying a bottle blind!
93-95.5 – Stuff you reserve for special pours!
96+ – The meaning of life.