Colour: Dark golden, copper and orange tints.
Nose: Heavy, pungent winter fruits, malt and balanced old wood notes with toffee vanilla caramel coming through after a while. Very pleasant and keeps you sniffing!
Palate: Smooth and gently spiced, light to medium oils with winter fruits and baked cooking apples. Finish: Fairly long and warming, the Christmas cake fruits continuing nicely for a good while. A surprisingly fresh note left with you.
Thoughts: With age stated Macallans becoming rarer this is worth a look, but is an 18yo really worth around £120, especially when only at 43%? People will no doubt buy it anyways! However, that said it’s a wonderful, calming and tasty dram, if it was cheaper I’d happily have a bottle. Score? 89+. It’d be higher at a higher ABV and lower price.
Water: Don’t bother adding anything more than the very smallest drop.
Available from The Green Well Stop for £122.50.