Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years

Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years Review

This sample of Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years supposedly comes from a late 80s bottle. I couldn’t find a timeline of when this whisky started showing up in-market, but I always thought it was the early 90s. The buddy who gave me this sample knows his whisky so I’m going to assume he’s correct in his dating which means we’ve gone back yet another decade in our three-glass-exploration of Cask Strength Mac.

There’s not much to say about this I haven’t already. It’s Macallan, it was aged for 10 years in 100% Oloroso casks and it’s obviously awesome. On to the Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years review!

Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years Info

Region: Speyside, Scotland

Distiller: Macallan
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Sherry (Oloroso)
Age: 10 Years
ABV: 58.8%

Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Price: NA – Auction, Specialty Store or Private Seller

Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years Review


Deep sherry, smarties, dried dark fruit, cocoa, spice, orange peels and a bit of sweet tobacco and leather.

Heavy sherry, smarties, dried dark fruit, cocoa, leather, spice, orange peels and a bit of sweet tobacco, roasted malt and chalk.

Long slow fade of cocoa, dark fruit, spice and roasted malt.

Well balanced, full body and a heavy oily feel

Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years is REALLY good. It’s a solid representation of the previous glory of Macallan and a fitting tribute to a house that was once known for putting out some of the most brilliant, deeply flavored and robustly aromatic whiskies on the planet.

Macallan have dropped a LOT in quality over the recent years and don’t currently have anything I think is worth the price they ask; this obviously factors into the secondary prices for these older bottles. I don’t think Macallan, or any distilleries, are purposely putting out low-quality products, they’ve just become a victim of their own success and keep the quality up with the quantity of their demand.

To further illustrate this point, a couple months ago we did a blind sherry tasting and in that tasting was the current Mac 25 and it was unanimously the worst of the night by a wide margin with a 1985 bottling of the Mac 18 taking the night. A more recent Mac 18 hit the middle with some Glendronachs filling the rest of the slots except the #2 slot which went to the Ohishi cask 1257.

I’m sure if we had a bottle of this Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years there it would have been in the top 3 no problem, but nothing they put out now would come even close. It’s sad, really really sad.

SCORE: 92/100 (A-)

Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years Review - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 93
  • Palate - 93
  • Finish - 92
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 92


Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years is awesome.

Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years Label

Josh Peters

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7 Responses to Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years

  1. Classic cut is actually really good, if you can pick it up for 70-80 it’s definitely worth putting a few away in the bunker

    Josh – Can you review CC next and let us know what you think? Thanks!


  2. Your review made me cast my mind back to when the regular The Macallan 18 was my gold standard (sherried) whisky, with the Gran Reserva of 1981 and 1982 still embedded in my mind as some of the best scotch I’ve ever drunk. This must have been mid to late 90s (obviously). My best mate was the main designer of their bottles, labels and packaging at the time and used to regularly get his hands on all kinds of interesting stuff. Fortunately for me he wasn’t much of a whisky drinker!
    I haven’t had any Macallan’s in the past past 15 or so years that could hold a candle to the ones I recall. I thought it was my tastebuds moving on, but it seems like you feel the same Josh. It’d be great if they released something on a par with the stuff of that era…

    • Indeed it would be, and luck you for getting to try some of that. One of the best whiskies I’ve ever had was a late 1970s Macallan 25 and I’ve never tasted anything that has come close to it. The current mac 25s aren’t even a shadow of it. Cheers Martin!

  3. And ludicrously priced to boot. Someone gave me a bottle of their 12 yo Fine Oak for Christmas. Perfectly enjoyable, but again nothing like the Macallans I remember.

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