Macallan Speymalt 1998 18 year old (G&M)

Bottle: Gordon & MacPhail’s Speymalt range is always Macallan, in classic whisky bottle styling.

Nose: Fresh cut lemon, beeswax, orange juice, brown sugar. Fresh and inviting.

Body: Light and silky.

Palate: Delicate and graceful. Orange peel, raspberry, and black pepper. Meringue and a little whipped cream at the death.

Finish: Hotter than I was expecting for 43%. Like a sweet cayenne heat with some  grapefruit on top of it. Decent length.

Neat/Ice/Water: 43%. Neat every time.

Verdict: Quaffable. This is a really easy drinking whisky with a good flavour profile. The Macallan poise is there with the lovely sherry and creaminess. It’s complex enough at 18 years that you’ll notice each mouthful but also fresh enough to keep things interesting. Nice, I’m a fan… Considering what distillery bottlings of Macallan 18 go for this is a steal at the £85 it retailed for. All gone now though. This is a Macallan 18 year old that you can actually drink without worrying about the resale value. Satisfying.

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