*****Highest Recommendation, F. Paul Pacult (Spirit Journal): "One of the greatest single malt appearances of all time; brilliant copper/orange color; impeccable purity. The first sniffs detect deep notes of toasted chestnut, brown butter, salted butter, and marzipan; secondary passes after an additional eight minutes of air contact bring out the oloroso Sherry in all its dried fruit/raisin/fig glory, but also oak, treacle, chocolate fudge, and chocolate covered cherries. Entry is fathomlessly deep, rich without being unctuous, sweet without being cloying, and as elegant as any other 18 year old malt whisky around. An enduring classic and a benchmark for robust Speysides. (Sep 2009)"
Named to the Spirit Journal's '140 Best Five Star Spirits in the World for 2011 (#45)': "Upon retasting this serious malt again recently, I was reminded why it is an international standard for malt whisky. It's that ideal age (18); the sherry oak makes it winey/pruny-raisiny and plump and dried fruit sweet; and jeez, I just love the daylights out of it because it's so wonderfully decadent. This will always be in my personal pantheon of malt whisky gods. Scoop-it-out-with-a-spoon luscious and the perfect complement to the more nimble Fine Oak series. (Jun 2011)"
92 points Wine Spectator: "Macallan is much sought after by top collectors. This annual limited release has tantalizing notes of stewed fruit, old leather, cherry, gingersnap and pepper, with a full-bodied profile of sweet orange, chocolate-coated Turkish delight and faint smoke. (10/31/19)"
10/10 points Quarterly Review of Wines: "Rich, big, explosive flavors, firm body, assertive, vanilla nuances, long finish, lovely. (Autumn 2011)"