Distilled the same year as the first hand-held calculator hit the market, this malt expression is a piece of history. Part of The Macallan’s Fine & Rare Collection, this is one of the most popular 35-year-old single malts, also known as cask 1195; a fruit-bomb bottled in 2002 and a reminder that single malts didn’t always taste like they do today.
The Macallan 35 Year Old 1967 opens with a statement, a solid core of dried plums and figs surrounded by an intriguing withered violet layer making the first nose a true bliss. The expression unfolds to show citrus peel aromas, pine resin, and winter spices.
Cedarwood, shade-grown tobacco leaves, allspice, clove, and vanilla hit the palate fist allowing layered flavors of bitter orange peels, assorted dried fruits, and withered violets to shine through in the mid-palate. Tainted with an attractive pine resign background, all in a well-rounded, muscular palate of concentration and high alcoholic warmth.
Winter spices and withered violets, along with a welcoming cedar aftertaste, give The Macallan 35 Year Old 1967 a familiar granny purse finish redolent of the good old ways, a singular malt with Scottish charm.
Sip or skip?
Not for the inexperienced, this very pleasing, but robust malt hits the senses with lesser-common dried fruit aromas and flowers, making it very attractive and a unique piece for any malt collection. Aged singularly well, the 35-year malt delivers a richer, more rustic experience without drifting entirely from the house style.
Other Macallan expressions to try
Cask 7878, the 1966 The Macallan, also aged for 35 years and bottled as well in 2002, offers a similar profile of candied dried fruits and spices, without the evident floral aromatics in the 1967. Together they paint a picture for a style dominated by dark malts and richness, the very essence of the 60s.