Macallan Whisky – Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

It is Monday 13th September 2010 and Jim and Nicola had a great Saturday past at the Glasgow Whisky Live, so we had to open something a little special for tonight’s tasting.

We shall be tasting tonight – Macallan Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distilled June 1990, Bottled August 2004, A Single Cask Bottle, Sherry Cask Matured, Non-Chill Filtered, 46% Alc/vol. 75cl Bottle, The McGibbon’s Provenance Bottling.

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Easter Elchies,
Moryashire AB38 9RX

telephone 01340 871471


Owner, Edrington Group.

This bottle is an independent bottling by the Douglas Laing Group from Glasgow.

Their website is We suggest you all go in for a look at all the expressions and various bottlings that they produce.

Glasgow-based Douglas Laing & Co are independent bottlers and blenders headed by brothers, Fred and Stewart Laing, who proved the value of nepotism when they succeeded their father, Fred Douglas who founded the company in 1948.

And, in truth, they’ve not let their Dad down over the past 25 years in charge. Indeed, they’ve grafted to uphold the traditions of the family – apart from the sheep stealing and cattle rustling

They have successfully expanded their markets so that their highly-rated ranges now regularly features blends up to 25 years old, using the original blend specifications handed down to them – and written out so they wouldn’t forget them.

A key feature is their vast stock of different Malts built up over the last 50 years and it’s been a pleasing perk, benefit and privilege for the current directors to nose and taste some of the finest quality samples.

From sister company McGibbons, the Provenance selection is as quality based and still unchill filtered – but a little younger. Normally bottled from a single cask – occasionally from a “small batch” of two or three – at 46 % Alc/vol.

So, with the bottle open, ( this was one of the bottles Jim opened for his birthday party ) no time was wasted in an official tasting this little dram.

The Tasting…

Macallan Aged Over 14 Years Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, The McGibbon’s Provenance Bottling.

Colour…Honey Gold

Jim’s Tastingprovenance-bottles

Nose…Loads of sweet honey and vanilla, lovely.

Taste…Full bodied and very rich with smashing sweet spices and the sherry is in there..

Finish…Beautifully long and very robust, all the flavours are still there.

Score…3 Corks

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose… Sweet vanilla, this shows why I do love a sweet Speyside.

Taste…A little oaky with smooth vanilla spices, this is a fantastic after dinner dram.

Finish. Long and sweet, this is a dram and a half.

Score…3 Corks

Overall score… 3 Corks
Well that did go down well, we have to admit there was not a lot left in this bottle ( remember some was quaffed at Jim’s party ) at the end of evening.

Well done Macallan Distillery and of course Douglas Laing. These bottlings you may only find in specialist shops and on-line, the Whisky Shop and the Whisky Castle have excellent selections.

Remember if you go out and buy a bottle, tell them the Whisky Boys sent you.

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