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04 Feb 2011

Macallan Speymalt 1970 (cask #10031)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Macallan

Gordon & MacPhailAfter the Speymalt Macallan 1970 cask #8326 that won a 2009 Malt Maniacs Award, this sibling Macallan 1970 cask #10031 won a Gold Medal as well at the 2010 MM Awards (for Best Sherry cask).

A 39 years old Macallan bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for La Maison du Whisky. Here we go!


Macallan 1970/2010 cask 10031Macallan ‘Speymalt’ 1970 (46%, Gordon & MacPhail for LMdW 2010, first fill sherry hogshead #10031)

Nose: (old) Macallan + sherry = magical richness.  Apricot tartlets, prunes and dates. Some fresh red fruits. Mint, cinnamon and hints of sweet ginger. Some heather and fir-tree honey. Dusty books in the background – lovely. Mouth: vivid, with plenty of dry spices (cloves, cardamom). While initially rather rounded, it quickly becomes leathery and a lot oakier. Blackberry liqueur. Some resinous notes. Walnuts and liquorice. Roasted coffee. Very rich. Finish: medium length (only), with forest fruit, resin and spices.

In line with last year’s excellent cask although maybe a tad less sparkling. Not cheap, but acceptable for this age: around € 210. Now sold out.

Score: 90/100

Macallan Speymalt 1970 (cask #10031) 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-02-04

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