Whisky Review: Macallan 1997 (bottled 2015) Speymalt

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: The Macallan Distillery

Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Speymalt

ABV: 43%

Cost: £59.00

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What they say:

Distilled at The Macallan Distillery in 1997 and bottled in 2015 by Gordon & MacPhail under their Speymalt label.

Colour: Dark Gold.
Body: Medium, creamy and smooth.
Finish: Medium with a lingering charred oak edge.
Cask Type: 1st fill and refill Sherry hogsheads.
Style: Classic Speyside Dram.

AROMA without water

Sherry influences with green apple, raisin and mango aromas. A beeswax polish note is present and combines with charred oak.

TASTE without water

Initially white pepper with ripe banana, nutmeg and date flavours complemented by dark chocolate and bonfire embers.

AROMA with water

Initially sweet with red apple peel, fig and treacle aromas complemented by charred oak and a subtle aniseed notes.

TASTE with water

Peppery on the palate initially with raspberry, cocoa powder and rhubarb flavours developing. An orange zest edge is present.

What I say:

Dramvent Calender Day 11

This December I am attempting to sample and review a whisky everyday for the 24 days of Advent in the run up to Christmas. My very basic criteria as I sorted through my masses of whisky and samples were these:

  1. Single malt scotch only and should be (or have been) generally/easily available
  2. Each day must be from a different distillery
  3. Each day must be equivalent in age or older than the previous

A classic Speymalt bottling by Gordon & MacPhail, for a long time now the only affordable vintage whisky bottled from The Macallan distillery. G&M remain true to form by using heavy sherry cask influence on their Macallan spirit purchased so that the final whisky is very similar in character to official bottlings available. This one was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015, matured in a mixture of 1st fill and refill sherry casks, presented at 43% ABV and around 18 years old

Colour:

Dark orange amber / Amontillado (10/20), fine droplet tears leave long fine legs

Nose:

Orange oil and milk chocolate orange (Terry’s), fresh and citrusy orange cream and malty cereal barley, slightly floury, gentle buttery fudge and butterscotch, soft toffee, fig roll biscuits, with a warmth of cinnamon and orange essence (Christmas wreaths/decorations), cinnamon spiced apple punch, gentle waxed oak wood

Taste:

Banana and apple juice, a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg with white pepper spice, toffee and butterscotch, becomes a little less sweet and has hints of molassess, figs, dates and treacle, moves into dark chocolate, a slight zesty and candied orange peel, treacle toffee and some tannic over-stewed tea & old oak wood.

Finish:

Long, Terry’s milk chocolate orange, lighter fig and banana fruit flavours a hint of wood embers and treacle

Overall:

Another wonderful Speymalt bottling from Gordon & MacPhail. A touch spicy, but this has such a wonderful range of delicate flavours that the spice is welcome and forgivable for my palate. I still cannot fault these Speymalt bottled offerings, long may they continue!

Score: 87/100

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