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Samaroli Macallan 1991 Review

By Josh Peters @TheWhiskeyJug

Samaroli Macallan 1991 Review

As a general rule Macallan has made good whisky and the Samaroli Macallan 1991 is no exception. Partially because it was a well done whisky and partially because Samaroli has a sterling reputation in the NDP world and so they get to cherry pick casks. In fact, the reason I knew about Samaroli before the tasting where I tried this was from reading about some of the stellar Macallan releases they’ve put out in the past.

Many of Samaroli’s releases come from a single cask, but with this particular release that’s not the case. The Samaroli Macallan 1991 is a mix of 2 different casks of Macallan that were both distilled in 1991, a vintage vatting if you will. There is no mention on the bottle or the site of the type of casks they were aged in, but if I were a betting man I’d say ex-bourbon casks.

Samaroli Macallan 1991 Info

Region: Speyside, Scotland

Distiller: The Macallan
Bottler: Samaroli
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Age: 22 Years
ABV: 45%

Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Price: $320

Samaroli Macallan 1991 Review

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Honey… honey for days with some graham, biscuity buttery malt and vanilla dancing alongside of it. A whole pool of swirling dessert notes like caramel, butterscotch and baklava come through in the back with a slight astringency and spice that add dimension and complexity to this lovely dram.

Malt coated in honey and drizzled over a complex tropical fruit that’s heavy with banana and coconut. It’s a warm supple flavor that’s accented by notes of vanilla and wood.

The warm rich fruitiness mixed with sweet and spice gives it a nice balance. A light airy body and smooth buttery texture leaves little else to be desired.

Malt, vanilla, buttered popcorn flavored Jelly Bellys, honey, graham and pink peppercorn fade out at a medium pace.

Samaroli Macallan 1991 is everything you want a non-sherried Macallan to be with the malt and honey laden tropical fruit notes moving gracefully from nose to finish and a host of background notes adding complexity and dimension.

I’m not going to sugar coat it, there’s a lot of great stuff happening in this bottle and if it were cheaper I would have placed an order at the tasting. I now know why some of the Samaroli Macallan casks have become so noteworthy.

SCORE: 90-92/100 (A-, not consumed at home)

Samaroli Macallan 1991 Label

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Samaroli Macallan 1991 Review
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