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?
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....
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.