Macallan 30yr Single Malt Scotch
For some reason or another it seems as though September is the month for scotch around here at Cigar Brief. We’ve been fortunate enough over the last week to get our lips around some highly sought after and very rare single malt scotches and there was one in particular that stood out for me, the Macallan 30yr. Macallan single malt scotch was created in 1824 at The Macallan Distillery in Moray, Scotland. It is considered by many to be one of the best examples of scotch and currently it is the third best selling scotch in the world behind brands Glenlivet and GlenFiddich. The Macallan distillery produces a wide variety of scotch ranging from styles comprised of different ages of maturity to styles aged in sherry and oak bourbon casks. Macallan can be found in maturities of 10yr, 12yr, 18yr, 25yr and of course their most refined incarnation the 30yr. Now it’s only fair to mention that this stuff is expensive, even by expensive standards. In 2007, a bottle of Macallan Single Malt Scotch bottled in 1926 sold at a Christie’s auction for $54,000.00, making it one of the most expensive bottles of liquor ever sold. Don’t panic yet, a bottle of the 30yr won’t cost you the equivalent of a nice sports car, but it will set you back about $1000.00 per bottle. Now on to the tasting, the nose is very pronounced and boasts powerful peat notes layered with a slight smoky sweetness. The taste is simply excellent, silky smooth with just a hint of sweet spice. It finished extremely cleanly and the lasting flavor was almost somewhat citrusy like an apple or pear. I clearly don’t expect many to be able to just go and grab a bottle just to try. However, if you can find a high end bar that specializes in fine scotch and whiskeys you should be able to come across one fairly easily. And maybe for your next birthday you should treat yourself and spring for a shot of one of the greatest of all time for the completely unreasonable price of about $100.00 a pour. It’s definitely worth a try once, …once!
Price: $1000.00 per bottle
Characteristics: Strong peat profile with a bit of smoky and sweet spice. Citrus Finish.
Verdict: Second mortgage and then Try Now!