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Mar 14, 2014 10:00 PM

What is this Scotch?

Any single malt experts out there? I found a bottle that is a tall, square, decanter. It has an "M" on it and "1834". Then it says "Distilled in 1964". It is pre-barcode, but post government warning. Also says "Sole USA Importer Premiere Wine Merchants NYC. Is this the Macallan 1834 series? And if so, what are the details?

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    1. Does the label on the bottle refer to where it was distilled? Is a town or village listed?

        1. re: JMF

          Wow, a $4,000 bottle of whisky! Where did you "find" it?

          1. re: DavidT

            Last year I was helping someone pack up some old family stuff and the bottle was open and 3/4 full, so they gave it to me, along with some other open bottles, and full ones as well... and I stuck them on a shelf in my office with some of other stuff and forgot about them until a few days ago.

            1. re: scubadoo97

              I just poured 1 oz. and am sipping it as I wait for a prime rib eye to cook up medium rare (128F) in the sous vide, to finish with a sear over hardwood coals.

              1. re: JMF

                What were your impressions of the scotch?

                1. re: scubadoo97

                  Well, I have had other 25 yr. Macallan's before, and I think they are overpriced at $800-1000. But this is the earliest I've tried, being distilled in '64 and bottled in '89-90. It is a very lean, clean Scotch. All minerals and a bit of brine, with some mild stone fruit, and hints of sherry barrel, or possibly port. This was aged in multiple barrels. The barrel expression was probably big when it was younger, but has tamed down and started to move into a slight floral note. This is a very dry Scotch. It's almost too elegant and refined. It can only be drunk straight. Water or ice ruins it. It completely disappears. That's a first time for me. I have always felt that all spirits need to be opened up with water.

                  But, that may be because it is an long open bottle and it may have lost a lot of alcohol due to evaporation over the last 20-25 years. I will see if I can borrow a digital alcohol meter, or else I will test with my alcohol hydrometer, to see the proof.

                  I don't think this is more than worth $100, on the scale where that is the most I would pay. So I guess it would be a "10" but I actually would be bored drinking much of this unless I literally just sat and focused on it.

                  I much prefer American whiskey... ;-)> but who can turn down $4000 a bottle of free, really good, booze?