Macallan No. 6, ~20 YO, 43 %

macallan_no_6The Macallan Distillery recently released their new The Macallan 1824 Masters Series. The range consists of four whiskies (initially); Rare Cask, Reflexion, No. 6, and M. I have now tasted all four and will bring you reviews over the next few days. The whiskies were tested in a half-blind setup; in other words I knew the whiskies I was tasting, but not the order.

First off we have The Macallan No. 6. I have been told by someone at Macallan that it consists of whisky distilled in 1995, and bottled in 2015. This is what they call a ‘single cooperage whisky’. For maturation only 1st fill ex-sherry casks were used, and these were all casks made at the same cooperage, Tevasa (Spain).

The name of this whisky comes from the six pillars of Macallan: The Spiritual Home, The Curiously Small Stills, The Finest Cut, The Exceptional Oak Casks, The Natural Colour, The Peerless Spirit.

The whisky is presented in a very fancy (and very expensive) crystal decanter from Lalique.

You can buy a bottle of The Macallan No. 6 in Norway at NOK 29 995 (2044201), and in Sweden at SEK 29 995 (8502901).

Nose (22/25): Milk chocolate, vanilla ice-cream, and light caramel sauce. It has a soft oakiness. Delicate nuttiness after a few minutes. Dates, apricots, and almonds.

Taste (21/25): Spicy, oaky and dry-ish upfront. Burnt toast with caramel spread. Pepper. The mouthfeel is a bit thin – at least compared to the others in the range.

Finish (22/25): Long finish. Caramel, dark fruits, and pepper. More rich and oily towards the end. Dark chocolate.

Balance (22/25): Solid and well-balanced through and through.

Score (87/100)

– Thomas



  1. Hello and thank you 🙂

    Someone said once that the last idiot has not been born yet.

    Regarding paying kr 30K for a 20 years old whisky, I’m stunned.

    In tha late 90’s when I joined our local whisky club, the message from Scotland was:
    if the bottle was expensive and over the top labeled, the whisky was probably just crap.

    I can see you don’t fall for the expensive bottle here, many would probably go over 90 points just because it’s expensive.

    Thumbs up for a sober and good review.



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