The Macallan 15 Year Triple Cask Matured

Scotch Review #68: The Macallan 15 Year Triple Cask Matured

Distillery: Macallan

Region: Speyside

ABV: 43%

Age: 15

Price: $100

Color: 0.5, Yellow Gold. Natural color.

Nose (according to the wife): It’s a bit medicinal, almost like cough syrup with an emphasis of artificial cinnamon (think Red Hots). There’s some fresh cut oak, some sherry, as well as some flowers to round this out.

Palate: Slightly creamy in the mouth, overall a smooth mouthfeel. There are lots of juicy golden raisins along with some oak spice and a hint of crème brulee. Yum.

Finish: Shortish in length. Malt sweetness and raisins dominate the tail end of this dram and linger a tad.

Conclusion: I have to say I’m on a bit of a Macallan binge. I’ve tried the Fine Oak 15 in the past and remembered liking it so I hoped this would be pretty good as well—and it is. The nose is a bit interesting with the artificial cinnamon, sherry and flowers but the golden raisins and the crème brulee in the palate are absolutely delicious. That slight bit of creaminess that comes along with the crème brulee is fantastic and I love those golden raisins. The official tasting notes advertised orange and chocolate, I can’t say I found any of that. A hint of chocolate in this really would’ve elevated this dram. Overall, I’m pretty happy with this even though I’d say the Macallan Edition bottlings are a better bang for your buck. Would I buy another bottle? Yes.

Final Score: 83.

Scotch whisky review #68, Speyside review #31, Whisky Network Review #91

Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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