The Macallan 10 Years Old


I am a fan of the Macallan 10 Years Old but I have yet to try the Macallan 18 Years Old or the Macallan Cask Strength. Before I make the investments of purchasing these, I would be interested in hearing the opinions of anyone who has tried either of them.
Reply to
Brad

I am not really a Macallan fan, but at verticals I think the greatest leap is from 10 to 12
No doubt the 18y versions are better but value for money you get the most from 12y IMHO
MacDeffe
Reply to
Steffen Bräuner

I rate the 18 highly = 88/100 Aroma:Mandarines, chocolate Palate: Sweet, Christmas cake Finish: Dry luxurious finish
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Brett
Reply to
Brett...

I really like the Cask Strength with just a very light splash of water. I think the experience is somewhat closer to the 25 than it is the 18.
18 is sweet nectar to me, I love it, can generally afford it, and it's what I normally drink. 25 is nirvana, but just too damn much money.
Best value for the buck in Macallan is the cask strength IMHO.
Gladys.
Reply to
Gladys

Ok - so i'll admit something here and now - I am a Macallan bigot. It's really all that I like, and the only thing I buy. I recently tried some Glenlivit Archive 21 YO that I do like a lot. That was a rare find, usually when someone puts something in front of me that isn't macallan I don't like it.
What else should I try that is similar? I've tried lots of other scotch's and most of them just taste bad to me - except anything Macallan - there has to be something else out there along the same lines...
Gladys.
Reply to
Gladys

Springbank, Highland Park, Linkwood, Balvenie, to name a few that have strong similarities.
-- Larry
Reply to
pltrgyst

Interesting... I've tried Balvenie and Highland Park. Didn't like the Balvenie much, and thought the Highland Park was particularly nasty - I poured it down the sink and rinsed out the glass....
Maybe it's all in my head.... :-)
Gladys.
Reply to
Gladys

So it seems you are very fond of the "sherry" flavour. Try Glendronach. Also very sherry-ish !!
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---Frans---

No that doesn't surprise me one bit. If you want something akin to a Macallan I'd be looking something with a smooth, rich-sweet, sherry characteristic. Highland Park is a great, powerful and characterful malt but it sure ain't sweet.
My recommendations would be Glen Moray 10, Inverey (from Marks and Spencer), Macallan 18 and possibly a Tomatin 10.
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Brett
Reply to
Brett...

I'm trying to work out what an Ardbeg and Macallan have in common, other than they come in bottles and are made in Scotland?
There are a number of malts with a rich, sweet Macallen character. Come on folks lets have some more :-)
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Brett
Reply to
Brett...

I'm surprised no one here as mentioned Glendronach 15 Year Old, now discontinued so buy what's left on the shelves if it's your thing. I find it overly sherried but fans often compare it to Macallan.
I'd suggest Glenfarclas but the standard range isn't nearly as sherried as Mac and actually I recently tried the new Glenfarclas 12yo with a redesigned label, and I'd say the Grants were getting rather stingy with the sherrywood. That said, if you can find them, there are some stunning single cask Glenfarclas bottlings from first fill Oloroso.
Slainte, Johanna
Reply to
Johanna, Single Minded

Now, why would there be such a dramatic difference based on two extra years? That seems strange to me. It would seem that the first 10 years would provide the most dramatic changes, with the next milestone being the 18 year mark. I don't know.
At any rate, last night I had a dram of 10 YO Macallan and a Nicaraguan cigar. Fantastic.
Will
Reply to
William Anderson

I tend to agree with Steffen that the biggest leap is from 10 to 12, but in my case I think that it is because of the price points. The 10-12 are fairly close in price, but do have a marked different (try 'em blind side-by-side sometime to convince yourself) while the 18 is obviously even more superior than either, but the price differential is markedly different.
JMHO, Cheers, Gary
Reply to
CabFan

I was a fan of the 15 y/o as I always felt that the 18 took on too much sherry. Both the old 18 vintage bottlings and the newer 18 suffer from this. In my opinion anyway though as a refrence I am drawn to peaty whisky aged in Burbon only.
If you are looking for something that is nicely sherried with out it being overwhelming Glenfiddich Solara is quite nice, as are GlenDronach the Glenmorangie Sherry Wood and the 15 and 17 Glenfarclas..
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ajames54

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