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Macallan’s Latest Fine & Rare Finds New Outlet

Jack Bettridge
Posted: July 12, 2013

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PALATE:  A complex flavor safari. A huge rush of spice—clove, licorice, nutmeg, cinnamon—is followed an explosion of nut—walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews—that soften into a graham cracker pie crust. On against that rich wood note enters and ties it all together.

FINISH: The whisky floats away on a raft of wood, nuts and meaty fruit (pears). Surprisingly, not an exceptionally long finish, but that’s quibbling.


Tatuaje Limited RC Series RC233 (9 1/8  inches by 55 ring gauge; price unavailable, no longer in production; 89 points, Cigar Insider June 21, 2005) This beautiful figurado has superb construction. It has an intense cedary aroma, with cedar, leather, coffee and white pepper notes. Big and strong with a long finish. The cigar and Scotch pair up to a scrumptious candy-bar effect with the nuts and leather on the whisky elevating and its chocolates and fruit matching nicely with the cigar’s spice and coffee.

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial Tubo (5 1/2 inches by 50 ring gauge; £19.13; 91 points, Cigar Aficionado August 2013) Nutty flavors and coffee notes underscore this cigar’s leathery and earthy intonations. Balanced and tasty. The cigar marriage has a very similar outcome to the one above. The Macallan fills in sweetness on the Hoyo, while matching up well with its leather and earth. There’s a synergy here that creates a lot of savory saffron flavor.

Both cigars are near perfect pairings if you can manage to bring the components together at the same time.

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BRAD GOLDMAN, MD FACEP — Delaware, OH, UNITED STATES,  —  July 12, 2013 2:17pm ET

I think there is a typo.

Otherwise I will GLADLY pay $3,500 for a 700-liter bottle
and share it with ALL my friends :)

PAT BRAKE — LWR-SACKVILLE, NS, CANADA,  —  July 14, 2013 2:19pm ET

if you look carefully, the bottle is 700 millilitre , not liter which is 1000 millilitre..

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