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The Macallan Gran Reserva Tasting notes and reviews

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Whisky Magazine Issue 130

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The Macallan Gran Reserva

The Macallan
Gran Reserva
Scotch Whisky
12 years old
Produced at
Macallan Distillery
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Dave Broom

Resinous and robust almost woolly with some chicory/acorn. Layered with real sweetness behind.Dried fruits,varnish.
Big. Lacquer. Medium to full-bodied with sticky oak,dried cherries,raisin and resin. Water makes it split a little but shows a basic rich oiliness.
Resin again.
Good balance of high-impact oak and rich spirit. A powerful Macallan.

Martine Nouet

Sherry. And more sherry. Burnt wood. Rubber. Fig molasses. On time,opens on rich creamy notes;Chocolate crème brûlée. A touch of marmalade.
Sweet. Thick and rich. Chocolate. Raisins. Candied orange then oak prints a coarse mark on the tongue.
A bold sherry character. The sherry freaks will be delighted.
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