Macallan Gran Reserva 1979
Added on Saturday, Dec 13, 2008 at 05:13 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 18 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1979 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Molasses, cherry, and citrus.
P: Very full sherry, cherry, dried fruits.   Besides the prominent cherry note, not much different from the standard Mac 18.
F: Chocolate and lingering spices. 
Nose is of sherry and deep berry smells, syrupy.  The palate is eminently quaffable -- the flavor that's here is deep, yet without a lot of complexity.  Mostly it's dried cherries and things of that nature.  Maybe a little rubbery, definitely oaky.  Finish is medium-long and sort of slight.  Overall, I'd call this "Woody Dried Berries" and say that it's tasty enough, though somewhat flat, and it goes down really easy.  B/B+

RETASTE: Way better than I remembered it... yet still similar to my description above.  Just better!  It's just so ludicrously drinkable and so elegant.  Sometimes I average my two ratings, but in this instance I feel very confident that this is at least an A-

Medicinal sherry nose with a dry, winy palate.  Nice medium finish.  Very drinkable; uncomplicated but tasty.

Nose is beef bullion, light sherry, rotting strawberries. Palate is actually a bit bitter. Finish is long, sweet and very balanced.  But I did drink some much better A+ whisky right next to this. So, perhaps that's not fair. B/B+.  
Very mild, slightly sherried nose. Explodes on the palate, simply rich, buttery, thick and syrupy, with a bit of pepper coming very late. This leads to a very long, warm, and slightly sweet finish. Overall I found this very good and more complex than most heavily sherried whiskies, but it was lacking anything exceptional to truly distinguish it.  
Deep floral sweet sherry.  Like the 18 year on steroids.  Loads of fruits but the darker cherries and caramels with blackcurrants and some toffee and roasted nuts.  Love this....too bad they don't do this one very often. 
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