Whisky Review: Macallan Enigma

Duty-free at airports just became even better with the introduction of the Macallan Enigma. The leading whisky makers recently decided to overhaul their duty-free offering and the Enigma is right at the top of their range.

Aged exclusively in ex-Spanish cask this drop pays homage to other great Macallan whiskies and at $325.00 AUD the Macallan Enigma is great value for money.

Macallan Enigma is part of the new Quest series replacing their 1824 collection which incidentally included another great drop in the form of the Whisky Makers Edition. Some duty-free retailers still have stock of the Whisky Makers Edition – its worth every penny. I reviewed this earlier last year. Click Here to read.

Anyway, let’s get stuck into reviewing the Macallan Enigma.

Nosing (Aromas)

At first sniff you get the quality of the oak coming through and vanilla notes slowly begin to develop. The sherry notes slowly build as do raisins and cinnamon to round out a great nosing experience.

Palate (Taste)

From the first sip, it has everything that makes a Macallan whisky great. Ginger and cinnamon dominate the experience as hints of dried fruits bring exquisite balance. At the back end of the palate oaky notes begin to emanate to finish a well-balanced dram.

Finish (After Taste)

The earlier fruity notes of the palate linger long on the finish with delicate hints of oak and cinnamon.


Even though the Macallan Enigma is the most expensive of the new travel range it also happens to be far and away the best of the range. Highly recommended!

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Notes on the Author – Pranil Chandra is the man behind the Instagram Whisky Blog kyandkey. Pranil holds regular corporate whisky tasting masterclass. Learn more at www.kyandkey.com.au

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