Sometimes you have to be very lucky to taste a very exclusive Macallan, and sometimes I had this kind of luck. But let me tell you one thing, that if I had the money to buy two of the Macallan ESC(vol.1 and vol.2) I would open them straight away and shared a dram or two with my neighbour who happens to be a Macallan fan.
I didnt taste them, so you are right that in a way I can't give Ileach a proper answer, but however I can give my opinion about this matter, just simply by saying that it's very expensive, but very exclusive. Like I said before if I had the money I would buy them and open them.....
About others: MJ says this and DB says that, it's their personal professional opinion, but it doesn't have to say that we are going to like it or not. And yes you are right Iain in a way, that MJ give a 9/10 and that his comment is far from that, but I guess that MJ has a very special place in his hart, if it comes to The Macallan(like I have too, for Macallan), so The Macallan scores always a high position..
But I must say that they are doing a great job(but that's personal ofcourse)..