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Postby Maltmania » Fri Jan 07, 2005 2:25 pm

In whiskymagazine issue no 39 there was a ranking about the best whiskies in the world.
Please can anyone tell me the top 5 whiskies from that "ranking" ?

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Postby Matt2 » Fri Jan 07, 2005 2:29 pm

Hi Maltmania,

They were in reverse order .....

5. Ardbeg Provenance 55.8%
4. Highland Park 18 year old 40%
3. Springbank 35 year old 46%
2. Talisker 20 year old 58.8%
1. The Macallan 18 year old 43%

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What are 6-10

Postby wpt » Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:14 am

how about 6-10 as well.
this is especially helpful since the issue is sold out.

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Postby Tom » Sat Jan 08, 2005 10:00 am

here u go, i got this issue before i was a member and a friend in the UK posted it to me for this top 90. Great issue

6. Macallan Gran Reserve 18Y old 43%
7. Lagavulin 16 43%
8. Macallan 50 Year Old Millenium 43%
9. Macallan 30 Year Old 43%
10. Longmorn 25 Year Old 40%
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Postby Admiral » Sat Jan 08, 2005 11:49 am

Macallan must have been chuffed with landing four in the top 10. (Let alone taking out top place).

The Mac 18yo, which took first place, has been quite variable in recent times....I speak of the '84, '85' and '86 vintages.

Do we know which vintage was submitted for the competition?

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Postby Tom » Sat Jan 08, 2005 12:20 pm

According to the picture its the 1985. Because of that issue i got the 1985 As my birthday present and its absolutely fantastic.
However i too wonder if it was about the '85 They were talking about, a picture doesnt say it all. Maybe Matt knows?
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Postby Admiral » Sat Jan 08, 2005 12:38 pm

A colleague of mine, who is quite a Mac connoisseur, believes the '85 to be brilliant, and the '86 to be quite ordinary.

I haven't tasted the two head-to-head yet - actually, I'm unlikely ever to have the chance to, but he's not the only person to tell me that there's a big difference in the vintages.

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Postby Maltmania » Sat Jan 08, 2005 4:58 pm

Thanks a lot for your answers :)

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Postby andrewfenton » Fri Feb 18, 2005 7:44 pm

I'll try to avoid ranting about how over-rated Macallan is. Oh, gave the game away. For me, it's Aberlour any day :-)

Several people whose judgement I trust, as well as the maltmadness site, say that the St Magdalene 1979/1998 Rare Malts (64%ish ABV) is the best malt to be found. At £70 it's twice my monthly budget, so I'll either have to be disciplined and skip a whisky month (some chance) or find some excuse to buy it....
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Postby patrick dicaprio » Tue Apr 26, 2005 4:55 pm

Matt Page wrote:Hi Maltmania,

They were in reverse order .....

5. Ardbeg Provenance 55.8%
4. Highland Park 18 year old 40%
3. Springbank 35 year old 46%
2. Talisker 20 year old 58.8%
1. The Macallan 18 year old 43%

Matt.


The macallan 18 is one of the best IMO the last dram i had was fantastic. but i wasnt aware of the difference in vintages as pointed out below. thoughts on the poorer vintages?

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Postby Admiral » Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:20 am

In Mac 18 circles, the bottlings of the 1970's were all fantastic. The 1974 seems to have a very healthy reputation indeed, and the bottlings in the late '70's were all good and consistent.

Suddenly, the 1981 saw a big drop in quality. It was still a great whisky mind you, but not as good as the previous releases. The 1982 and '83 improved slightly, but they were still sub-par compared to what the 18yo Macallan was known to be.

The 1984 was a welcome return to favour. This was followed by the 1985, although the '85 was not actually a strict vintage....the label clearly stated that whisky from other years were included in the vatting.

Likewise the 1986, although - as already pointed out - not many people I know think the '86 is a good drop.

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Postby james64 » Sun Jul 17, 2005 4:49 am

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