Macallan Classic Cut

Macallan Classic Cut 2017, 58.4% ABV, $75 USD

  • Nose: Sherry and oak off the top, grape soda, grape Kool Aid powder, oranges, and chocolate orange.
  • Taste: Oak, spice, oranges, fudge, milk chocolate, hazel nuts, grape popsicle.
  • Finish:  Medium/long, slightly hot, milk chocolate, oak and grape notes linger.
  • Thoughts: You get a little of what Macallan Cask Strength gives you. The Macallan character is in there, but this is pretty unbalanced. The oak notes are not complementary, and they take away from the overall enjoyment. You get waves of really nice chocolate and orange, but then artificial grape notes hit you and somewhat spoil the experience. I really want to love this whisky, and for split-seconds I do. But overall this is slightly disappointing. It does not match the original Cask Strength Macallan at all. I feel like the plastic grape notes I get are the result of their “Seasoned Casks” (instead of original sherry casks). This probably could also have used some more time, it tastes a little too youthful. That being said, I do like the whisky, but I don’t love it. Water boosts the oak on the nose, and rounds out the finish; makes it a little more creamy. I found it on sale for $74.99 in Florida; for that price I think it’s worth getting a bottle, not sure how the LCBO will price it, but the Editions 2 and 3 are probably better buys.
  • Score: 85.5 + 0 value point(s) = 85.5/100
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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):
Amrut Spectrum 004                                 87.5
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
Bowmore Devil’s Casks 3                           87.0
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 – Enlightenment                 88.0
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 – Port Cask (KavaFan)      92.0
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)                         92.5
Macallan Cask Strength 58.2%                  94.0
Macallan Classsic Cut 2017                        85.5
Macallan Edition 2                                      90.0
Macallan Edition 3                                      89.0
 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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