On the eighth day of the Dramcalendar, we have the Macallan Speymalt 1994, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. ‘Speymalt’ is a bottling series specifically dictated to single malts from Macallan, probably one of the most iconic Sottish distilleries. Its close proximity to the River Spey inspired the name of this bottling series.
|Name:||Macallan Speymalt 1994|
|Bottler:||Gordon & MacPhail|
|Age:||20 Years Old|
|Category:||Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
|Cask Type:||Refill Sherry Hogshead|
Beeswax, white honey, pears and oranges. Then even more fruits like bananas and pineapples, but it is kinda hard to differentiate them. There is also a bit of hey in the background.
Smooth and creamy. Fruit salad and pineapple cream. Followed by black pepper corns balanced by hints of sugarcane, oak and anise. Ends with pink grapefruits. Altogether not as exciting as the nose.
Long. Smooth and warming. Milk chocolate and a bit of oak.
This is of course no sherry bomb like the original bottlings but that was expected given the Refill Sherry Hogshead. This expression is rather elegant and subtle with a distinctive focus on the distillery character. A very fine single malt although the rest is not as exciting as the fantastic nose. Especially the finish is pretty pale.
Score: 86 / 100