|Craig Daniels||Nose: sweet, red berry fruit, christmas cake, nutmeg, toffee apple, talcum powder, oloroso sherry, some liquorice, apple compote and icing sugar. Gets lighter, less complex and somewhat watery over time.
Palate: toffee, caramel, sour plums, varnish and cream, some sultana and verjuice.
Finish: varnish, fruit syrup, burnt nuts with aspirin after 20 minutes.
Comment: Starts lively, well rounded and impressive but just becomes more sugary and less complex over time. The sherry is relatively lightweight and the malt just doesn't sing in a deep enough or sustained register to be a 'true' Macallan. The red apple is reminiscent of young Aberlour. |
|Oliver Klimek||Nose: Tobacco, dried fruit, fudge, orange zest -
Palate: Slightly spicy, slightly smoky, caramel, dried figs -
Finish: Long and dry with a slight sweetness -
Overall: Great nose, palate is a bit weaker due to the bottling strength. But still a very nice basic sherry malt with good value for the money |