After posting my thoughts on the sherried 10 year old and oak finished 15 year old, Treakle Sponge saved some 30 year old for me and met up to share a wee dram. She knows I love Macallan so caught up to let me indulge, bless her cotton socks.The Macallan 30 yr oldColour
: A rich, lush warm amber. Head to head, looked almost identical to the sherried 10 year old.Nose
: I get sherry. Some folk reckon it's wrong/self evident to say sherry, but heck it's what I get. If I was drinking sherry I['d not say it was like sherry, but drinking whisky I would
The nose has a natural woodiness beneath the sweetness that smells a bit like cut wood with even a slight hint of something chemical to me. Treacle Sponge reckoned it was a pleasing bubblegum sort of thing, I got more of a petrol, but it was still a pleasing nose rather than a paint stripper sort of chemical! It's lost the hints of sweet fruit that are more prominent in the sherried 10 year old.Palate
: Very smooth again. There's still the sherry flavour and creaminess but now there's clear wood and a hint of mint too. Finish
: Again, a long and agreeable finish. Sweetness is less evident than in younger expressions, there's a slight (pleasing) almost peppery finish to it.
Hand on heart, that sherried 18 and 21 year old are still my favourite Macallans