Review: Macallan 15 Years Old PX Finish Darkness!

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: The Macallan Distillery

Bottling: Darkness! by Master of Malt

ABV: 52.3%

Cost: £109.95 from Master of Malt

Score: 89/100

darkness-macallan-15-year-old-pedro-ximenez-cask-finish-whisky

What they say:

Darkness! Macallan 15 YO Bottling Note What happens when you place some delicious Macallan single malt in 50 litre first-fill Pedro Ximénez casks for an additional 3 months? Good things. Good things happen. Even in this short period, the greater surface area to volume ratio of these casks allowed greater interaction between liquid, wood and air, and produced a whisky with more concentrated and richer fruit notes and Sherry influence.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose:

Fig rolls and honeyed fruit salad, dry raisins, a hint of Campino strawberry cream sweets and Weetabix covered in sugar.

Palate:

Decent grip with more Weetabix, blackberry, fresh apricot, dates, hazelnut and slices of red apple.

Finish:

Long with fragrant fruit, sultana, frangipane, a little fino Sherry and lingering dark caramel.

Overall:

Attractive cereal, some good, clean Sherry and all manner of fruits in here. The Darkness is your friend.

What I say:

Many thanks to Tom at Tom’s Whisky Reviews and Maverick Drinks for this sample. Sadly this expression sold like hot cakes and was sold out before we even opened this sample to review it, however for the sake of completeness and also as its a PX finished Macallan- why the hell not! here is our thoughts.

Colour:

Dark Russet copper (14/20)

Nose:

Nutty, figgy, sweet, sherry trifle, hundreds and thousands, walnut, hazelnut, brazil nut and pecan, rich fruitcake, raisin, like walking into a tobacconists or opening a cigar box, proper rolling tobacco (Golden Virginia brand), Paula was convinced she could smell her Grandpa’s pipe smoke in here too!, cereal barley malt, leather book bindings a little well-thumbed.

Taste:

Orange zest, fruity, again nutty with walnut and hazelnut latte, mocha, some tang or spice to it – more so than orange zest, chocolate – rich and dark, cigar boxes, tobacco leaf, tobacconists, old leather armchairs

Finish:

Long, spiced, sweet and nutty, mouth-watering  and dark dried fruits

Overall:

I found this much more heavily sherried than the official Macallan bottlings I have sampled recently (mostly from the 1824 (colours) range and the younger age statements), but not over-poweringly so. We really enjoyed this, many thanks again to Tom and Maverick Drinks.