MaCallan 18 Year Old

Posted on 12.19.10 2:31PM under Free Booze, Tasting

Earlier I wrote of some free whisky I got from Master of Malt. As part of their new drinks by the dram program, they sent out free samples for review and publicity to people who write about this sort of thing. As a beer blogger, I made it onto their radar.

I’ve taken some time trying to get a handle on the correct vocabulary and taking plenty of time between tastings to make each as fresh as the first.

So this weekend I sampled the MaCallan 18  Year Old sample that they sent. You can read their description behind my link. Here’s what I wrote:

Smells dry, woody, and boozy. Leaves nice legs on the glass. The taste is dry and woody, with perhaps a touch of honey? It almost has a waxy bitterness or hints of licorice. The smell gives a touch of vanilla. It is so dry in my mouth (no surprise at 53.9% ABV). It’s almost papery as I sip. Am I imagining a peaty flavor? I get a waft of a dusty butterscotch smell.

Overall I’d say it’s pretty smooth, and I’d gladly take down a fifth over the course of a series of special occasions (like Mondays, Fridays, etc.)

Up next is the side-by-side between this 18 year old and the 12 year single barrel I tasted a few weeks ago. This should give me a good chance to really see the differences, and provide additional insight into the individual character of each one.

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