Review No.42. The Macallan Gold – 1824 Series

The Macallan brand has an image of exclusivity about it, partly due to it reputation for good quality whisky but also due to the marketing around it.  Of course, the price for a Macallan is perhaps above the average if you are to compare equivalent aged whiskies from other distilleries.  I find it interesting that Highland Park belongs to the same owners (Edrington).  Macallan have a large range and I find it a bit difficult to get my bearings on how their range fits together.  One thing which is very clear to see from their range is that they are focussed on the sherry influence and not on peat.  Anyway, this bottle was gifted to me for my birthday by a dear relative of mine and I was excited to try it (I will try to be subjective).


Whisky: The Macallan Gold 1824 Series Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% vol.

Nose: Tropical fruit, mango, citrus, oak

Taste: Citrus, fruit salad, cloves, spice

Finish: Tropical fruit and oak

Score: 3

Summary: There is a tropical note to this which I like very much.  It is a note I don’t often find in many Scotch single malts.  I have heard that the oak they use is exclusively for them and I am guessing that this is one of the reasons, besides the marketing, that their prices are above average across their range.  The Macallan Gold is an easy drinking whisky.  It has a light and delicate feel to it whilst delivering juicy flavours.  The tannin’s sit gently in the background and do not exert themselves too much on the fruitiness.   It is not complex, nor is there great depth to it but I do find it to be an enticing introduction to the Macallan brand.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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