A marriage of 50 different vintages to celebrate 50 years since the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Colour: dark amber.
Nose: starts on beef stock and dark chocolate, more oloroso than the olorosoest of all olorosos and gets then extremely complex, with no obvious aromas standing out anymore. It’s rather an assemblage of myriads of tiny notes, such as raisins, beef jerky, milk chocolate, walnuts, bread crust, burnt caramel, rum, strawberry jam, ash smoke, ham, wine sauce, toffee, kirsch, coffee, bacon, moss, mushrooms… Agreed, what a litany! Oh, and maybe cooking turnips.
Mouth: well, the first feeling we get is ‘old Macallan!’ It’s big, robust whisky and really, it’s very Macallan (I know this is of little use, sorry.) Smyrna raisins, toffee, liquorice, smoked ham, prunes, coffee… Oh well, you see what I mean. Very Macallan indeed and this is adorable, even if it does get just a tad dryish after a moment.
Finish: long, a tad rawer now, salty and balsamic but also more candied and fruity at the retro-olfaction (apricot liqueur).
Comments: very interesting dram, more polished and ‘old gentleman’s club’ on the nose than on the palate. Very good of course. SGP:553 - 90 points.
[These tasting notes are reproduced from Serge's website Whiskyfun.com]