Hunter Laing Macallan Tasting Notes

Posted: May 29, 2013 in Macallan, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Macallan 1997 (16 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2414/ Dist: Oct 1997 Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2014

Soft and full of juicy Satsuma, toasted toffee and grassy/ herbal notes. Some tart citrus develops and gives the aromas an edginess. 

Plenty of creamy oak to begin with but the vibrant citrus slices through it. A touch of dusty, sweet spice comes through on the middle along with a light herbal note. Long and very spicy with a tongue tingling finish and the citrus lingering.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Macallan 1992 (20 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2247/ Dist: Oct 1992 Btl: Apr 2013/ Tasted: May 2013

A pungent and earthy nose which appears to be displaying quite a peated character. This is very unusual for a Mac! Quite raw and visceral with an intensity of raw honey, dried, baked fruit and loads of dunnagey aromas. With time some lightly creamy oak and toffee appear along with a touch of camphor. This is not the usual polished Macallan, it’s gone over to the dark side! 

The palate is cleaner, less dark and there doesn’t appear to be any sigh of the peated note. Honeyed and more floral in character with the oak building to a creamy, toffee’d middle. Quite spicy with a touch of syrup and the oak has a beautiful, mature sheen to it. A lovely citrus intensity with a granity finish, although the light syrup note lingers and counterbalances the citrus. It’s definitely a whisky of two halves.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Macallan 1993 (20 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2287/ Dist: June 1993 Btl: June 2013/ Tasted: July 2013

A very elegant, full and honeyed nose. Lightly perfumed with a touch of dense, slightly mature, sweet oak and sweet barley. Quite exotic with some sub-tropical fruit and a lovely floral note appearing. 

The palate opens with plenty of toasty oak along with a little grainy spice. Dense honey coated sub-tropical fruit is shot through with a vibrant minerality. Very spicy on the middle with the lovely honey, tropical fruit and oak lingering. Slightly salty finish.


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