Macallan-Glenlivet 25 Years Old 1989
Single malt scotch whisky
51.4% ABV, £130 for 70cl from Wm Cadenhead’s
What they say:
Macallan 25 Year Old 1989-2014 Cadenhead’s Single Malt Scotch 51.4% ABV. Speyside whisky from Scotland, Cadenheads bottling Bourbon Barrel
What I say:
Sampled (blind) at the President’s Tasting during the WOLS Highland Trip.
Full amber gold
Vanilla, creamed coconut, slightly citric lemon, lemon juice, rich golden syrup, cereal oat flapjack, barley malt
Sweet and sour, lemon barley sugar sweeties, heather honey, cereal barley malt, light caramel oak wood, very smooth and silky, vanilla cream
Long toffee and oak
A dram of real quality, plenty of well-aged oak / ex-bourbon flavours in here and a resounding smooth silkiness with vanilla hints. Once revealed as a 25yo Macallan all seemed to make sense, an unusual sweet/sour and lemon citrus was detected that would normally form a backbone for the sherry-maturation the distillery is so fond of for its own expressions. Interesting to taste a well aged, bourbon-matured Macallan.