Aw..shucks you guys!
Hi Bond...I guess I chose my words a little clumsily. I wasn't suggesting that those older whiskies were once out of balance but then somehow mysteriously regained balance.
I merely meant that some of those older Macallans were
beautifully balanced, thereby implying that some Macallans don't necessarily peak at 18 years. (or 25....or 30!!!)
It's obviously very much a function of the quality of the cask(s), and I suspect the year of distillation too. (Given that the proportion of golden promise used seems to vary year to year).
P.S. I'm going to a special tasting in two months that will feature the following line up:
The Macallan 8yo 43% bottled 1983
The Macallan 12yo 43% bottled 1983
The Macallan ESC I cask strength
The Macallan ESC II cask strength
The Macallan ESC III cask strength
The Macallan ESC IV cask strength
The Macallan ESC V cask strength
The Macallan ESC VI cask strength
The Macallan 1874 Replica 45%
The Earls of Zetland The Macallan 1975 25yo – (the malt that Jim Murray describes as "faultless".)
The Macallan Mystery Malt!
If I don't die and go to heaven that night, I'll post back shortly afterwards and let you know my thoughts!