Macallan Gold

70cl / 40%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Macallan Gold
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Macallan Gold was released in late 2012 as part of a series of colour-themed bottlings introduced to replace the distillery's age-statement expressions. Produced from 9-15yo first fill and refill sherry casks, it was designed to sit between the now-defunct 10yo Sherry Oak and 10yo Fine Oak bottlings.
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  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Ginger Ginger
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Raisins Raisins
  • Apple Apple
  • Oak Oak

Macallan Gold Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by The Whisky Exchange

    Nose: Sweet notes of toffee and custard tarts balanced by fresh green-apple skin.

    Palate: Cinnamon, raisins, baked apples, panna cotta. Quite rich and weighty.

    Finish: Smooth, rich and clean.

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    Nose: Sweet notes of toffee and custard tarts balanced by some fresh green-apple skin.

    Palate: Cinnamon, raisins, baked apples, panna cotta. Quite rich and weighty.

    Finish: Smooth, rich and clean.

  • Tasting Notes for CLASS Magazine

    Clear, burnished gold.

    Pungent, vanilla, fresh pressed apple juice and citrus zest with dark chocolate garnish and subtle oakyness.

    Dry cinnamon and ginger toasty spiced oak, smoothed by vanilla and dark chocolate, freshened with apple, zesty lemon and orange.

    Dry oak lingers with cinnamon spice.

    Diffordsguide Rating - 4/5

30 Customer Reviews

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  • 1
    14 days ago

    Really quite bad, there are basic blends out there that taste far better and are more balanced. A disgrace to the Macallan name.

  • 5
    19 November

    This is one of my go to Single Malts, Whenever entertaining friends this is the most accepted drink to have with non whiskey drinkers. Its a light vanilla smooth drinking Caramel finish!! One of the easiest Malts to draw back! IMO of course. Cheers!

  • 4
    27 August

    Excellent! There is an oak flavour present from start to finish. The quality of this tipple comes definitely from the Sherry flavours it is generously giving away; I certainly did not expect such gift coming from an 'entry level' whisky. Very pleasant neat, this whisky might require a drop of water to gain in complexity. The alcohol is very well integrated as well and the finish decent. To resume, excellent start then slowly fade away. Sherry oak and light citrus notes makes Gold rather simple; nothing to complain about though.

  • 5
    2 August


  • 2
    6 July

    I found this quite disappointing; it was simple and one-dimensional. I understand it's an entry level product but even so, I'm not sure it honours the prestige of the Macallan brand. Nothing special. For $69(CAN.), I would not recommend this.

  • 4
    29 May

    This one hit me quite hard, but not in an unwelcome way. Rather like being hit over the head with a heavy cushion by an older sibling.

  • 4
    1 April

    A lovely soft flavour, with a sweet edge. Didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised

  • 3
    8 January

    Legs are slow and oily, even after chill filtering, suggests higher temperature fermentation. Nose - sweet, dark chocolate, citrus, malty , nutty and spicey due to short fermentation. Vanilla. Palate - sweet, orange, spicey. Finish - estery, sweet, orange, chocolate. Typical Speyside with short fermentation and I suspect very very narrow cuts with lower cut in the high 60s percentage ABV. Reasonable for the price, but nothing too special.

  • 3
    22 December 2016

    Legs, slow, oily. Nose - sweet, estery, citrus, , marmalade, strong dark chocolate is one of the first aromas, subsides after ten minutes, malt, spicy, green apple, reflecting a short fermentation. Some dark fruits. Palate - sweet, citrus, orange, marmalade, slight green apple, spicy. Plenty of body, oily from cask and short fermentation. Would suggest relatively high temperature in fermentation. Ethyl Acetates broken down by Lactobacilli to Acetate esters and Ethyl esters. Suggests high Foreshot cut with narrow cuts. Finish - fairly long, sweet, estery, citrus, orange and marmalade, astringent from tannins. No sulphur notes suggesting no candle used to fumigate cask. Conclusion - as a Speyside is good, but not imo a classic.

  • 4
    17 December 2016

    Can't understand all these negative reviews? True it's not the most mind blowing whisky and just because it says Macallan don't expect the very best- but it's very easy drinking.. let it rest in the glass for a while before tasting.. lovely apple , raisins and honey sweetness coming through and a nice oaky finish .. I would buy another bottle for sure.. Easy 4 stars

  • 4
    19 September 2016

    great mixed with UmBongo, the fruityness of the mixer works well with the oakiness of the malt

  • 5
    8 July 2016

    excellent colour and flavour notes!

  • 1
    3 July 2016

    Terrible, tried this after assuming it would be good as the name suggests. I would never purchase a bottle.

  • 5
    16 March 2016

    For a cheap to mid-priced whisky, it slides down like velvet, with a sweet but balanced taste. Definitely my go-to whisky...

  • 1
    8 March 2016

    Rough, harsh, green-wood aftertaste and a splitting headache in the morning after 2 drams. A disgrace to the name Macallan. Bring back the 10.

  • 5
    18 February 2016

    This is a fantastic malt full of flavour, citrus to start then a fantastic smooth finish. I don't what whisky Felix carbury was tasting but it wasn't macallan, stick to water

  • 5
    27 November 2015

    I rate this as the best whisky around for the price. It's far nicer than most above the price actually! Wonderfully smooth.

  • 1
    14 November 2015

    Dreadful. Nasty, harsh, burning.

  • 4
    8 November 2015

    If you like your whisky sweet this is the one for you. Probably the sweetest malt I have ever tasted. It is full of honey interlaced with chocolate and biscuit notes. Smooth and satisfying. The only problem is it is so moreish.

  • 5
    26 July 2015

    New product but good old quality.Still knew it was a Macallan !

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