Macallan 18 Years Old Gran Reserva 1979 40% 1979

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Distillery Macallan
Bottler OB
Serie Gran Reserva
Bottled for
Distilled date 1979
Bottling date 1997
Country Scotland
Region Speyside
Age 18
Cask Type sherry
Cask Number
Alcohol percentage 40
Volume 0,70
Condition In Original Wooden Case
Label Perfect
Stock 0

Professional reviews

Serge Valentin (91)

The old hyper-sherried version of the popular 18yo. I didn’t like the 1980 too much but I’ve heard this 1979 is much superior.

Colour: dark mahogany.

Nose: yes, this is extremely different from any other Macallan. Starts on heady notes of mulled wine, cloves, big juniper berries, spearmint and coffee toffee and gets then more classically sherried, with the dark chocolate upfront and then notes of soy sauce, balsamico and barbecued beef. Also cigar box, thuja wood and very ripe blackberries. What’s quite incredible is that the whole is still quite fresh and lively, and certainly not sluggish. I like it.

Mouth: thick, oily, rich, not weak at all despite the 40%, and more of a classic now. Heavy notes of rum-soaked raisins, figs, old rancio (huge!) and orange and herbs liqueur (like that famous Dantziger Goldwasser). Gets then spicier, mainly on cloves and pepper, with very funny hints of mescal as well. Excellent, really.

Finish: long, coating, rich but clean and pure, with a faint saltiness as the signature and an aftertaste on blackberry jelly.

Excellent sherried Macallan, certainly not on the same planet as its bros from 1980 and later.

BOW (92)

Macallan 18 Years Old Gran Reserva 1979 40% is a rare and highly sought-after single malt whisky from the world-famous Macallan distillery located in Speyside, Scotland. This particular expression was distilled in 1979 and aged for 18 years before being bottled in 1997. It is one of the oldest and most collectible Macallan whiskies available today.

On the nose, Macallan 18 Years Old Gran Reserva 1979 offers a complex and layered aroma, with notes of sherry, vanilla, and dried fruits. There is also a hint of smoke and peat, which adds depth and complexity to the overall aroma.

On the palate, this whisky is rich and full-bodied, with a velvety smoothness that coats the tongue. Flavors of dark chocolate, raisins, and honey dominate, with a subtle spiciness that adds complexity and balance to the overall flavor profile.

The finish of Macallan 18 Years Old Gran Reserva 1979 is long and warming, with a gentle sweetness that lingers on the tongue. It is a testament to the quality of the aging process, with the flavors and aromas becoming more pronounced and harmonious over time.

The packaging of this whisky is also noteworthy, with a classic design that reflects the traditional craftsmanship and attention to detail that has gone into its production. The bottle is tall and slender, with a label that features the iconic Macallan logo.

Overall, Macallan 18 Years Old Gran Reserva 1979 40% is a rare and exceptional whisky that is sure to impress any whisky enthusiast. Its rich and complex flavor profile, combined with the smoothness and balance that come with extended aging, make for a truly memorable drinking experience. Whether sipped on its own or paired with a special occasion, this whisky is a must-try for anyone looking to explore the world of high-end, premium single malt whiskies.


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