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Macallan 10 Year Old 1990s




Whisky Review: Macallan 10 Year Old 1990s

Tasting Notes:

The Macallan has built a worldwide reputation as one of the leading, and most collectable, malt distilleries. This 10 Year Old bottling was a popular entry-level expression for many years, before being discontinued in 2013.
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Orange marmalade spread across buttery toast, alongside a hint of honey sweetness. Gives way to fruity, creamy notes reminiscent of strawberry ice cream.
Initially, a slightly tart fruitiness, strawberries and raspberries, which becomes sweeter until it becomes like drinking strawberry blancmange. This sweetness suddenly dissipates into a spicy note, holding on the tongue for one second per year of age revealing ginger, clove, and cinnamon. There’s a sherry influence, but not overpowering compared to some modern drams.
Initial hint of butter on malted bread quickly dissipates to give a long drying finish with an oaky vanilla note.
Much of my Macallan experience has been limited to recent modern expressions, such as the 12 Year Old Double Cask or Sherry Cask, which I’ve found very underwhelming, and seem dominated by an artificial sweetness. This vintage 10 Year Old bottling isn’t overwhelmed by sherry influence or sweetness, and I get some very pleasant strawberry fruit notes I’ve not encountered in other Macallan’s – personally I prefer this to recent examples. An easy drinking dram – you could find the bottle drains quickly!
Macallan 10 Year Old 1990s

The Macallan is an instantly recognizable name for anyone who has knowledge of the whisky industry. The Speyside distillery is world-renowned for its whisky and is considered the pinnacle of luxury scotch. It is thanks to the release of old and rare expressions that Macallan was able to enter the luxury whisky market. Today, bottles of Macallan sell from anywhere between $100 and $2.6 million, and the brand is now catering more to investors than it is to drinkers.

The Macallan 10 Year Old, throughout all of this market change, remained a firm favorite amongst Macallan drinkers. The expression was first bottled in the 1970s (by the likes of Campbell Hope & King and Gordon & Macphail) at varying strengths, including 70 proof and 100 proof expressions.

Sadly, the Macallan 10 Year Old was discontinued in the late 2010s. Today, a 12 Year Old Sherry Oak takes its place in the core range lineup.

So, as affordable age-statement Macallan becomes a thing of the past, how will a 1990s Macallan 10 Year Old fare in a tasting?

If you are interested in purchasing a bottle of Macallan whisky, for drinking, collecting, or investing, check out 5 Macallan Scotch Whiskies For 5 Different Budgets.

A Brief History of Macallan

The Macallan distillery, established in 1824 by Alexander Reid in Moray, Scotland, is renowned for its single malt Scotch whisky. Originally named Elchies Distillery, it stands near the River Spey on a 485-acre estate. Macallan’s rise to prominence began in the 20th century, emphasizing high-quality ingredients, including unique oak casks for aging. Its whiskies are known for their rich color and complex flavors, often devoid of artificial coloring.

The distillery underwent significant expansion in the 1960s, enhancing production capabilities and global reach. The launch of the Macallan Fine & Rare series in 2002 showcased vintage releases, further cementing its luxury status. In 2018, Macallan opened a new £140 million facility, blending modern architecture with traditional distilling techniques, ensuring its place at the forefront of the whisky industry.

In 2023, a bottle of Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Valerio Adami sold at auction in London for a staggering £2.18 million. This sale broke the previous record for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold at auction, also held by a Macallan 1926 60 Year Old.

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Mark Bostock

Since joining Mark Littler LTD as a freelance article contributor in 2019, Mark Bostock has become an integral part of our UK content writing team. His enthusiasm for whisky, particularly independent bottlings, drives him to deepen his knowledge through frequent attendance at tasting events and the thoughtful expansion of his own whisky collection. This dedication not only fuels his passion but also enriches his contributions to our platform, blending expertise with a genuine love for the subject.

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