Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak



Lo and behold! The Macallan 18. Something of a quintessential luxury whisky that has had a high profile since… ok well I don’t really know since when. It’s been around  awhile. It seems like the core range sherry oak Macallan 12 and 18 have been fixtures in the whisky industry long enough to influence the movies at least. Of course Macallan made an appearance in Skyfall in the memorable “shoot the whisky not the girl” scene. Obvious references to Macallan have been made in the TV show Lost with the 60 year old MacCutcheon. Note the design of the bottle. The MacCutcheon makes another appearance in the TV show Fringe. So it’s apparent that Macallan has made it’s mark and I suppose it’s likely that the 18 had a bit of influence among Hollywood types. All speculation of course.

Anyway, somewhat unfortunately the 18 has seen a recent increase in price after the introduction of the 1824 NAS range. It went from about £90 in 2012 to £180 in 2015. So from a fairly expensive whisky to an essentially non-drinkable whisky, which is a shame. I’m pretty sure the regular connoisseurs of the stuff were wealthy folks a couple years ago so I wonder if they noticed the price hike or simply kept on ordering it. We were lucky to try it at a recent WOLS tasting that was run by Matt Byerly. The tasting was completely blind and included the 12 and 18 along with the Amber and Sienna. We were all given ballots to rank the whiskies and the top two were the 18 and the Sienna. So perhaps the Sienna is the new 18? Well not quite but you’ll have to judge for yourself. AliceInWhiskyland and I both prefered the 18.

Distillery: Macallan Distillery

Age: 18 Years Old

Cask: Sherry Cask

ABV: 43%

Price: £185.00 at Berry Bros and Rudd




Deep yet bright fruity effervescent sweetness. Grape gummy candies. Slight fresh cardboard.


Nice deep sherry sweetness with this coca cola candy and carbonation pop. The rich stewed fruit sweetness carries through the whole way. Wonderful mix of berries and oak and tannins and spices. Light but good on the spices.


Gentle spices like mulled wine and bright fruity sweetness. Lasts.




Very enjoyable. Great complexity and depth. Every aspect is well executed.
I love the deep sweet and spice notes and the way it melds perfectly with the oak tartness. Very refined. Good for parties or for brooding. If it were more affordable, I’d definitely always have a bottle on the shelf. Actually now looking to see if I can get one on deal so I suppose it’s left an impression.




Dried red berries, molasses, sugar pie, thick syrupy smell.


Sweet spiced cranberry sauce, creamy vanilla custard, hot crossed buns warm and packed with raisins.


Thick sweetness to finish.




Delicious rich dram, thick and complex. Great after dinner dram or to warm ones belly on a cold night.



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