Macallan distillery is one of the most popular distilleries from Scotland. Asians especially Taiwanese love Macallan a lot. They are the ones who made Macallan to be famous in Asia. Macallan normally comes in sherry casks and basically was solely matured in Spanish oak sherry casks before 2004. After that Macallan started to mature the whiskies in both bourbon and sherry cask.
It is not that common you can see single cask Macallan in the market and normally their prices are relatively high compare to other distilleries by independent bottlers. The one I am writing is a special bottling crossing over whisky with fashion & lifestyle in Taiwan. The club has a long history worldwide and is very influential to its own industry.
GQ has been the New York based international premier men’s magazine, providing definitive coverage of style and culture for more than 50 years. GQ has a long history and was first called Apparel Arts launched in 1931 in USA as a men's fashion magazine for wholesale buyers and retailers. It was influential in the industry which led to the birth of Esquire Magazine later on. The name of Apparel Art was transformed to Gentlemen's Quarterly in 1958 which then re-branded as GQ in 1967. GQ is now published in 22 different countries and of course in various languages.
Source: GQ Taiwan Website
Taiwan GQ magazine started in 1996 for the Chinese version. This is the first bottle to be launched by GQ Taiwan in December 2015, named The GQ Malt Club which was selected from more than 10 cask strength whiskies. This Macallan 25 is matured in bourbon cask with only 201 bottles produced. Unlike normal whisky packages of using paper or wooden boxes, the whisky is packed in a reusable special-designed bucket-shaped canvas bag made of wash vintage canvas material, cotton strings in leather handles to embody the concept of "vintage" due to the age of the whisky.
The GQ Malt Club Macallan 1990/2015 25yo, bourbon cask, 48.3%, 126 of 201 bottles
Appearance: Medium(-) gold
Aroma: Fragrant and floral. First comes with mild floral and lightly sweetness like camomile and honey water. Some sweet and peppery spices scents can then be detected together with complex fruit: some cider, apple, semi-riped pineapple, semi-riped banana, honeydew and white plum. There are also some touches of pineapple flavoured jelly and bubble gum
Palate: Medium(+) to full body, waxy and very round. Like the aroma, honey water sweetness and floral characters like jasmine and camomile can be found. A vast of fruit and spicy characters are filling up the mouth with ripen apple, honeydew, hint of pineapple, a mix of sweet and peppery spices. There comes at the back of the palate with hint of tannin and wood
Aftertaste: long finish with mellowness. Camomile, melon, hint of pineapple and hint of lemon zest bitterness
Conclusion: This is a very fruity and round Macallan with very good structure. The integration of oak to the whisky is just excellent. There are a lot of complexity in this whisky, especially with the aroma. The aroma comes in layer and evolves according to time. As you read the above notes you may think it is pretty common style of vintage bourbon whisky. However, the fragrance and flavour are very long lasting which make you feel so comfortable with this dram. Everything are just so in balance and harmony that I'd love to pour the second and third glass with. I feel that this is the superb bourbon style I have been longing for, that one does not need any characters to be very expressive but there are all the elements you need. This is a perfect dram to tell consumers NOT TO judge solely by colour or by its appearance but have to explore the core and feel what is inside.
GQ wants to let consumers to know whisky drinking is a taste, a lifestyle. I would say it is also an attitude! However, as it is a vintage Macallan, this is a pretty expensive IB even it is far cheaper than normal OB 25yo. I still give a high score as this is the balance whisky I am looking for. Special thanks for a Taiwanese whisky buddy gave me a chance to taste this lovely dram. -91pts