A much darker sherried macallan 18 compared to the newer stock. I had heard lots of very bad things about this particular year so I was prepared for the worst. But this was nice. As stated darker sherried notes with lots of anise and bits of smoke. Not so much going on with the palate. I was expecting more sherry fruits. I do feel the new stock has more going on though. It doesn't live up to its very bad reputation, but then again I havent had much of the 70's stock to compare it to.