Macallan Cask Strength (My 50th Review)

Macallan Cask Strength, 58.2% ABV, $300 USD

  • Nose: Walnuts, almonds, marzipan, figs, grape jelly, very slight oak, little bit of chocolate-orange, fruit punch flavored Kool Aid powder, Flintstones Vitamins, strawberry and grape bubble gum.
  • Taste: Grape bubble gum, marzipan (big time), cherry syrup, slight oak, strawberry jam, orange marmalade.
  • Finish: Very long, very viscous. Grape bubble gun, slight oak, and chocolate-orange linger.
  • Thoughts: The best Macallan I’ve tried to date! It’s rich, bold, and complex. It leaves an impression on your taste buds you relive hours later. Remember peat-flashbacks? This gives me Sherry-flashbacks! Couldn’t have picked a better whisky for my 50th review! I have to take a point off for value however. Four to five years ago this retailed for around $100, which was unreal value at the time. One of the few bottles I’ve paid full-secondary for, but sometimes you just need to overpay for classics.
  • Score: 95 – 1 value point(s) = 94/100
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Scores:

After my initial score I 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.
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My previous scores (excluding value points):
Ardbeg 10                                                     88.0
Ardbeg Corryvrickan                                 91.5
Ardbeg Kelpie                                              91.5
Ardbeg Uigeadail                                        90.0
Balvenie 15 Single Barrel – Sherry          89.0
Blanton’s Gold                                             86.5
Booker’s (2015-01)                                      89.5
Bowmore 12                                                 83.5
Bruichladdich Octomore 6.1                     92.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 6.3                     93.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1                     90.5
Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3                     90.5
Canadian Club 40                                        86.5
Caol Ila 12                                                     82.5
Compass Box – Peat Monster                    84.5
Eagle Rare 10                                                83.5
Elmer T. Lee                                                  87.0
Glendronach 12 Original                           84.0
Glendronach 15 Revival                             90.0
Glendroanch 18 Allardice                          90.0
Glendronach 21 Parliament                      91.0
Glenfarclas 17                                              88.0
Glenfarclas 25                                              92.0
Highland Park 15                                         87.0
Highland Park 25                                         92.0
Jack Daniel’s SB-BP (16-0574)                   89.0
Kavalan Solist – Ex-Bourbon (57.8)         87.5
Kavalan Solist – Ex-Bourbon (KavaFan) 93.0
Kavalan Solist – Sherry Cask (58.7%)       90.5
Kavalan Solist – Vinho Barrique (57%)   89.5
Lagavulin 16                                                 90.0
Laphroaig 10                                                86.0
Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira 2016          87.5
Lot No. 40                                                      86.0
Lot No. 40 Cask Strength 12yr                   89.0
Macallan 12 Double Cask                           80.0
Macallan 12 Fine Oak                                 84.0
Macallan 17 Fine Oak                                 88.0
Macallan 18 Fine Oak                                 86.0
Macallan 10 Sherry                                     85.5
Macallan 12 Sherry                                     86.5
Macallan 18 Sherry (1997)                         94.0
Macallan Cask Strength 58.2%                  95.0
Macallan Edition 2                                      90.0
Orphan Barrel – Barterhouse                   88.0
Pappy Van Winkle 23yr                             93.5
Sazerac Rye                                                   86.0
Stagg Jr. (Batch 4)                                        83.0
Talisker 25                                                    89.0
W.L. Weller 12                                              85.0

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