Carn Mor Macallan Tasting Notes

Posted: December 30, 2015 in Macallan, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Carn Mor Black Gold Macallan 1992 (25 year old?) 56.4%

First Fill Sherry Butt 7663/ Dist: 1992 Btl: Jan 2018/ Tasted: Jan 2018

Aromas of Armagnac-eque fruitcake, prune, walnut, fig, dried grape and treacle. Softly spiced and balanced by a lovely citrus note. Late hints of earth, marmalade, manure, bitter dark chocolate and French coffee.

Soft and rounded on the palate with plenty of raisinated fruit, walnut, almond and hints of dark chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and pepper. Like the nose the palate is balanced by a crisp citrus and mineral note. A touch of marmalade comes through on the middle and the finish is quite woody and grippy with sweet but drying tannin and lingering dried fruit, menthol and eucalyptus. An impressive sherry monster.

Carn Mor Black Gold Macallan 1987 (28 year old) 43.2%

Sherry Cask 3330/ Dist: Apr 1987 Btl: Oct 2015/ Tasted: Nov 2015

Seriously dark aromas of dark chocolate, prunes, raisin, treacle and a touch of burnt wood. Beautifully mature with hints of lightly oxidised stewed fruit but a subtle vanilla coated dusty barley note adds some lightness. With time hint of apricot, green fruit, turmeric, cinnamon.

Thick, moist and treacly on the palate with raisins, prunes, figs and hints of dark chocolate, burnt wood and earthy chenin-esque notes.. Superbly juicy and succulent with a touch of balancing citrus. Like the nose some barley and vanilla add a touch of lightness. Deep and long with vibrant, citric green fruit, cardamom, cinnamon and pepper along with lingering raisinated fruit and malt. A big wow!

Carn Mor Black Gold Macallan 1985 (30 year old?) 52.8%

First Fill Sherry Puncheon/ Dist: 1985 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Sept 2016

Mature and woody on the nose with huge dollops of treacle, dried grape, dark chocolate and hints of blueberry. Thick and malty with a touch of toasted spice and walnut shell. The pure Oloroso character continues to unwind to display hints of lightly herbal prunes, raisin, plum and balancing citrus notes.

Luscious and very treacly on the palate with walnut, almond, prune, plum, dates and dried fig. Poised and beautifully balanced by a sliver of citrus and hints of chocolate orange and bitter spice. It does become a little woody on the middle with a little wood smoke appearing but the sheer depth of saturated, treacly, malty Oloroso balances. Long and citric with a beautiful mouth-watering freshness. A little drying tannin right at the death but those tannins are pleasantly spicy and chocolaty. Impressive!


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