The Macallan

1948 Select Reserve

ABV 43%
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Brand: The Macallan
Expression: 1948 Select Reserve
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Sherry not obvious - Fino? Leafy, peaty, woody.
Palate: An altogether more elegant, wistful, style than today's Macallans. Some sweetness and floweriness, but the outstanding feature is an astonishingly fresh peat-smoke flavour.
Finish: Gentle but lingering and warming, leaving smoky memories.
Comment: Paler in colour and lighter in body, but what a palate...great Speyside whiskies once tasted like this.
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: A subtle hint of sandalwood, polished oak and sweet pipe smoke is no match for the extraordinary, ripe plum fruitiness and crystal-clear sweet malt. Quite exhilarating.
Palate: Deep and spiced with aged oak from the off. Massively dry through the middle but there are some richer, digestive biscuity malt notes which ensure stability.
Finish: Bitter-sweet, slightly salty, waxily honied and smoky. The oaky notes are the ones which last longest.
Comment: This is just a shade over-aged unlike the 1946. Even so, the intense, complex middle does offer certain riches. The nose is exceptional.
Visit the distillery
The Macallan Distillery, Easter Elchies, Charlestown of Aberlour, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
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