Macallan 1993 26yo – Goldfinch

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It’s not too often you see a twenty-something year old independently bottled Macallan pop up, so it’s safe to say I’m thoroughly looking forward to sampling the liquid currently sitting in my glass. This 1993 Macallan has been bottled by Goldfinch Whisky Merchants, whose name you may be familiar with if you read my article on their single cask Glen Ord a wee while ago.

This whisky was distilled in June 1993 and filled into an American oak cask before being finished in an ex-oloroso European Oak hogshead. From the looks of things, they caught it just in time – it’s been bottled at a just-about-legal natural cask strength of 40.8%. At £1,200 it’s undoubtedly pricey, but like I say, how many 26 year old single cask Macallans do you see floating about in the marketplace? Having had a quick look online, it would seem that’s pretty much the going rate for a product such as this, with another similar bottling – a single cask Macallan 1993 25yo from Signatory – on sale for £1,275. Crazy times and crazy prices, but that’s today’s reality.

Macallan 1993 26yo
Goldfinch Whisky Merchants
40.8% ABV
£1,200 here

Nose: Beeswax, rich honeycomb, buttery pastries, sweet lemons and orange blossom. Then some dusty hessian, canvas, baked apples with cinnamon, and dusty logs. Very welcoming and enticing.

Palate: Loads of stewed orchard fruits up front, with pineapple, coconut husk, lychee, and fruit salad syrup. Then orange oils, vanilla candles, and caramel wafers. Some gentle baking spices and a pervading sweet nuttiness underneath.

Finish: Those tropical fruits linger, with drying oak and nutmeg.

Overall: This is gorgeous whisky, it really is. The syrupy, tropical fruitiness combines well with some sweet citrus notes, and together they’re balanced very nicely with warming baking spices and enticing earthy notes. The age is very much apparent, but it’s not tired or dull. Sure, the price tag means it’s only accessible to the ‘one percenters’, but as I said before, that’s where twenty-something single cask Macallan sits nowadays. Price aside, and looking at this purely in terms of assessing the liquid, it’s gorgeous.




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