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Whiskies of Scotland Macallan 17yr.
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Whiskies of Scotland Macallan 17yr.

Item # 31908 750mL
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Tasting Notes

In case you haven't noticed, prices for The Macallan range of Scotch whiskies have sky-rocketed over the past couple of years, turning what once were benchmark bottlings for the category (18yr) into near-unattainable, special occasion only drams. This value won't last forever, so don't miss this piece of malt heritage. Notes include dried apricots, bales of hay, lemon peels, salted caramels, marzipan, coconut water, cherry pits, Jasmine flowers, and much more. Well-poised, effuse, and absolutely delicious.

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Staff Pick Notes

Go and check the price of the Macallan 17 or 18. Yeah--that's cray-cray. Here it's the same juice, the same base distillate as the iconic distillery, but here the independent bottler Whiskies of Scotland is not trying to maintain a house style while producing millions of bottles for worldwide consumption. The tradition of independent bottling goes back many years in the British Isles, but is antithetical to most Americans. With the many booms and busts of the Whiskies business, it makes a lot of sense to sell new-make distillate that gives you easy money. This way, you don't have to wait 12 to 30 years to see any return. Here, the classic Macallan juice sees some pretty neutral Bourbon wood to wonderful effect, preserving the bright fruit and weathered intensity of a great single malt.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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