Macallan Gran Reserva 18 Year Old 1979 Italian Stamp (MC)
Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky. Regarded as the best of the highly-sought-after Gran Reserva series released. Matured in Sherry Wood. Distilled in 1979 at the Macallan Distillery. Bottled in 1997. Italian Stamp on Cap.
The Macallan Distillery is probably one of the most famous brands in the whisky industry today. The distillery is three miles from Craigellachie which is the heart of the Speyside region. Even though Macallan is located in the heart of Speyside they have labeled it a Highland malt. The distillery was founded in 1824 and was named the ‘Elchies Distillery’. Macallan has 8 wash stills and 18 spirit stills and produces around 8,000,000 litres a year. In 2001 Macallan opened up a new visitor center. The tour that Macallan provides is very in depth and is great if you are just starting out and learning all about whisky. It shows all the processes and the maturation all the way down to microscopic slides so you can understand what happens. It is worth visiting.
Nose: Rich sherry at first. Then malty nuttiness. Cottage pudding. Finally floweriness.
Palate: Big and oily but very dry. Thick-cut bitter-orange and ginger marmalade on well-done toast. Then buttery, syrupy maltiness, developing to nutty sherry sweetness.
Finish: Richly fruity. Raisiny. Warming.
Comment: Strictly for lovers of powerfully oaked whiskies. – Michael Jackson
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