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29 Mar 2010

Macallan 12 Years (HKDNP)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Macallan

This Macallan 12 Years old was distilled in the first half of the 1970’s and sold exclusively at the Hong Kong airport. That’s why the label mentions HKDNP (Hong Kong Duty Not Paid).


Macallan 12 years HKDNP Macallan 12 yo ‘HKDNP’ (43%, OB 1980’s, 1 litre)

Nose: not as fresh as I had hoped. There are big notes of mothballs (naphtalene) that are very hard to get over. Musty and stale with traces of mushrooms and sulphur. Let’s wait for another half hour and try again…

Nose: better now, but really old-style (probably still coal-fired?). Notes of red fruits, some raisins. A little tar and ashes. Coffee. Overall quite fat. Slightly disappointing
(I had heard a lot about this Macallan) but interesting as an antiquity. Mouth: much better. Very creamy with hints of leather and nice fruits with crystallized oranges and prunes. Sherried but not too much. Sultanas. Cinnamon. A little praline. Kind of an artificial sugary aftertaste. A smoky / ashy hint as well. Finish: medium length, on cherry candy and orange marmalade.

The nose was a bit difficult to appreciate but the palate is very balanced and truly classic, which for the most part made up for the lower score of the nose. I’m glad I tasted it (Marc Segers had a bottle on offer during the latest whisky festival in Ghent).

Score: 85/100

Macallan 12 Years (HKDNP) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-03-29
  • http://www.whiskysamples.eu Luc Timmermans

    Ruben,

    The picture you used is not the HKDNP version. The HKDNP version is a screw cap Macallan and much darker in color. Are you sure we are talking about the same whisky here ? You can find a picture here : http://lh5.ggpht.com/_FvvLHlqw-Cs/Sz-k38Hmi-I/AAAAAAAAByg/5wPZY486Iss/s576/DSC01087.JPG

    Regards,
    Luc

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Yes, we’re talking about the same whisky, it’s just not easy to find a decent picture of this one… (without christmas stuff and with decent brightness) – I’ll update it as soon as I find a better image.

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Updated! Thanks Luc.

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