2009 tasting: The nose is really interesting, especially for a Macallan: vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. Pears too. The palate is a fruit explosion -- wow -- followed by everything the nose promised. Sound good? It is, although I'd never guess this was a Macallan. A really delightful spice mix -- distinct, unusual spices -- which dance in the long finish. It's a lighter whisky, yet you can still chew it. I look forward to my next glass of this. A-
Now, for those clicking here from the Black Bowmore writeup - The notes above are from early 2009, when I tasted this with a friend and we both independently looked at each other and said, wow! Tasting it 5 years later, I was so excited to have it again... and it was...
2014: Good. Not great but good. The magical dancing spices and zing aren't there. And that's what I remembered the most. More like a B/B+ this time.
Were my expectations too high after 5 years of reminiscing about that night with a bottle? Or was I in some sort of heightened state the first time, prone to especially love it?
Light yellow color. Nose has some mildew, dirty socks, vanilla and some oak. Wood and bitterness on the palate. Decent draw. Looking at the other notes, this has to be some of the most divergent opinions I have seen -- interesting. [Blind - 2/21/14]