Macallan 1979
18 Year Old Gran Reserva

70cl / 40%
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Macallan 1979 / 18 Year Old / Gran Reserva
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A truly classic sherried Macallan, this 1979 is regarded as the best of the highly-sought-after Gran Reserva series released in the 1990s to showcase the extreme end of sherried whisky from the distillery. Scoring 91 points on Serge Valentin's, this is one of the landmark Macallan releases of the last twenty years.

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Distillery Bottling
Gran Reserva
18 Year Old
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Cask Type
Oloroso Sherry

Macallan 1979 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

    The old hyper-sherried version of the popular 18yo. 

    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. SGP:742 (wazzat?) - 91 points.

5 Customer Reviews

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  • Mark E (40...just) 4 July 2013

    Had a nip of this lovely stuff after dinner in Easter Elches House on the Macallan Estate to celebrate my 40th birthday! Very kindly arranged as a surprise by friends - amazing!

  • Anonymous 5 April 2012

    My dad left my 7 siblings a bottle upon his passing with the instruction to drink it after his funeral. It was a great way to remember a wonderful man.

  • harry wallace 14 October 2010

    I have abottle of this nectar...wife has threatened to divorce me if i go near it!!!

  • Tate101010 - Matt Tatro 27 September 2010

    I love this stuff!

  • Andy H 6 April 2010

    Opened one with 4 mates for a "special birthday" and it just does not get better than this! Ever!