Re: The Macallan - 16 May 2008 @ 7pm GMT
Promised myself a quick look in before bed...
Went to get a dram of the only Macallan in the house - a wee sample of all that remains of the 1986 18 OB bought for me by Lucie two Christmasses ago. One of those bottles you don't want to finish.
Made the "mistake" of turning on the news en route to the whisky table, and seeing chinese mothers crying for their lost children, crushed under their fallen school. With two young children of my own, it made me want to weep, and almost felt too sick to do this.
But we who have life must celebrate it and give thanks continuously. So i shall finish off the remains of this wonderful gift I have guarded too long, in honour of all here, and in honour of LIFE itself...
1986 Macallan 18 OB.
Nose. Sherry strong but not as dominant as in the 10 YO on which I cut my teeth @ 1999. It was a better dram then. Last year I bought an "old package" sherry 10. It was flat and one dimensional. this year i was given a "new package" sherry 10. It didn't last long! Much more rounded and drinkable - seemingly from better "stock" , but perhaps lacking in complexity as others have mentioned...
This 18 also has oak, polished floors, leather , dried fruit and sponge cake on the nose...even a hint of peat.
PAlate: the classic Macallan hit! Sherry, but it doesn't end there...not as sweet as the ten as I recall, but more subtle. Spices, dark chocolate...and a hint of lemon, or even thick cut Cooper's orange marmalade.
finish. Fades nicely, cleanly. final return of sherry...not as long as i'd like!
this was a most enjoyable dram, but I recall that the 1985, which was waiting for me in the bedroom of the turnberry hotel at the macallan weekend gifted me by the same gal who bought me this '86, as being exceptional. And the 84(half the price of the 85!) was also very good. I also once had a 1980, found in a drugstore in Majorca(!) which was much drier, with a shorter finish.
ah, the joy of vintages! this really does remind me of the joys of when I first discovered Macallan! And i spoke too soon - there's still a lingering clean sherry dryness on the toungue after all this typing!!
nice sharing this with you.
goodnight...and spare a thought for those poor souls in china and burma, and may God, or whisky, or whatever, open the hearts of the cruel Burmese junta who do not deserve the title of "human being", holding self-serving referendums and withholding aid to their own people.
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