Speymalt Macallan 42 (1971/2013) Review

This is a 42 year old sherry cask matured Macallan from the Speymalt line that was distilled in 1971 and bottled in 2013 at 43% ABV.

Nose: Thick, luscious sherry notes full of rich spices and leather, oak presenting as dusty antique furniture, and an overture of heavy dates and figs.

Palate: Bold sherry up front both very sweet and spicy with bright peppercorn notes. Huge sweeping oak follows right after filling palate with leather and ashy tobacco.

Finish: Oak fully takes over here and unfortunately turns very bitter with slightly acidic grape skins.

Rating: 82/100 – Nose is quite nice, but the oak is just too overwhelming afterwards – especially on finish which is tremendously overoaked.

Value for the money: I think this retailed for close to $1000 and that is a very, very easy pass for that much money.

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