Macallan Speymalt – the independent bottling from Gordon & MacPhail of perhaps one of Scotch whiskies most famous brands. A whisky that has become harder to come by in many respects. The Speymalt range offered a more affordable means of access to Macallan whisky. Independently bottled and offering very good vintage. We used to see regular releases ranging from 1950 vintages through to 2007. All of a sudden, they became a rarity. Macallan, rarity at that.
A couple of years ago G&M pulled the Speymalt range. Stocks were dwindling, Macallan prices were soaring. Hold fast was the plan. Now we are delighted to see a new release for 2019. Same old packaging; new Macallan. Macallan Speymalt 2005 (2019).
Macallan 14 Year Old
Just because this is an independent bottling of Macallan, doesn’t mean to say it loses any of the Macallan hallmarks. Most notably, sherry cask maturation. Distilled in 2005 and bottled 2019 at 43% ABV. This is also a very good price for a 14 year old Macallan. Sweet highland toffee and bananas on the nose. A peppery, pear and orange peel palate with a creamy milk chocolate finish.
It is great to see this label back on the shelves. Alas, we don’t think it will last too long. Will there be more? Let’s hope so.