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The Macallan 1948 Select Reserve Tasting notes and reviews

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The Macallan 1948 Select Reserve

Brand
The Macallan
Expression
1948 Select Reserve
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Abv
43.00%
Vintage
1948
Produced at
Macallan Distillery
Region
Speyside
Website
www.themacallan.com
Availability
UK only in limited quantities

Michael Jackson

Nose
Sherry not obvious – Fino? Leafy, peaty, woody.
Palate
An altogether more elegant, wistful, style than today's Macallans. Some sweetness and floweriness, but the outstanding feature is an astonishingly fresh peat-smoke flavour.
Finish
Gentle but lingering and warming, leaving smoky memories.
Comment
Paler in colour and lighter in body, but what a palate...great Speyside whiskies once tasted like this.

Jim Murray

Nose
A subtle hint of sandalwood, polished oak and sweet pipe smoke is no match for the extraordinary, ripe plum fruitiness and crystal-clear sweet malt. Quite exhilarating.
Palate
Deep and spiced with aged oak from the off. Massively dry through the middle but there are some richer, digestive biscuity malt notes which ensure stability.
Finish
Bitter-sweet, slightly salty, waxily honied and smoky. The oaky notes are the ones which last longest.
Comment
This is just a shade over-aged unlike the 1946. Even so, the intense, complex middle does offer certain riches. The nose is exceptional.
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