Macallan 1963 Rinaldi Special Selection – 43% ABV (dist. 1963, bott. 1980)
Nose: Nice, wonderful fruit notes lead – deep and powerful sherry with a good apple presence on top. Light touch of cinnamon and a slight whisper of nutmeg. Plenty of wood and a lightly mineral presence. A faint wisp of smokines. Light hint of grapes and maybe some white wine. A little figgy presence too.
Palate: Mouth-coating and leading with a nice mix of light white pepper, woodiness and mint; a faint wisp of smoke on the roof of the mouth. A little light molasses note, some figs again, a touch of oranges adding brightness. Slight lemony note as well, but this is not overly citric. A little jammy.
Finish: Nice. Old wood, a little zip of raspberries for a second, slightly minty top note, some figs and a bit of apple skin.
Comment: Old Macallan, you’re so fun. A great mix of older and modern Macallan.
At the risk of this seeming like all-Macallan, all the time, I just wanted to feature one last fun old sample that didn’t have a broader set of samples around it. Back to other stuff next week!