Review: The Macallan 2006 – Speymalt

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: The Macallan Distillery

Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – Speymalt

ABV: 43%

Cost: £32.95 from The Whisky Exchange

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What they say:

Speymalt from Macallan Distillery

Distilled 2006, Strength 43%

COLOUR

Pale Gold.

Body

Medium.

Finish

Medium and creamy with a smooth milk chocolate finish.

Cask Type

1st Fill and refill Sherry Butts.

Style

Delicate Speyside dram.

Tasting Note

AROMA without water

Delicate Sherry influences with apricot, mango and lemon notes complemented by subtle beeswax polish aromas.

TASTE without water

Peppery with orange zest, kiwi and subtle charred oak flavours complemented by a creamy milk chocolate edge.

AROMA with water

Vanilla with red apple, leather and cocoa powder aromas complemented by hints of tobacco.

TASTE with water

Peppery initially with orange marmalade, green apple and milk chocolate flavours.

What I say:

Sampled as part of Gordon & MacPhail’s ‘The Wood Makes The Whisky’ Campaign. Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the official sample. Distilled at The Macallan Distillery in 2006 and bottled 17/11/2015, this was matured for ~ 9 years in 1st Fill and refill Sherry Butts.

Colour:

Rich amber gold (10/20) quick medium thick legs

Nose:

Banana fritters in syrup, toasted/burnt oak wood, toffee, pineapple, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, plantain chips, cinder toffee, chocolate, ‘Crunchie’ chocolate bars

Taste:

Rich, silky, smooth, luxurious, banana and chocolate crème brulee, vanilla, malty barley, caramelised sugars, highland toffee, butterscotch, creamy and milky, vanilla, milk chocolate, cinder toffee – more ‘Crunchie’ bars

Finish:

Medium-length, touch of ginger spice, toffee and milk chocolate

Overall:

Lovely, lots of nice things in this dram, crunchie choclate bars and crème brulee with banana and chocolate influences, a real toasty wood flavour too.

Score: 86/100

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