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FINE & RARE 1990


The Year that Was

After the see-sawing extremes of the nineteen-eighties, 1990 was to prove a calmer year of considerable progress. From space, the Hubble telescope’s penetrating vision advanced our understanding of the universe as never before. From South Africa came news of Nelson Mandela’s release and, from Germany, the vote to reunify.

At home, Glasgow saw the grand opening of its new Royal Concert Hall in the heart of the city. It’s opening gala performance was attended by Princess Anne, and concert after concert sent Scottish audience’s appreciation soaring.

The Macallan’s richly flavoured notes were equally well received, as both the story of the single malt and the spirit itself spread across the globe. Actor Bill Paterson raised a dram in The Witches. 'Spirit of the Age’, launched in San Francisco, raised the brand’s profile in America. In every sense, the spirit of the age was looking up.

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The Macallan Fine & Rare 1990 bottle 2021 Release image by Tim Walker
The Macallan Fine & Rare 1990 bottle 2021 Release image by Tim Walker post performance

All NOBLE things are as difficult as they are RARE.

Bernard Spinoza
The Macallan Fine & Rare 1990 tasting notes diagram

The Details

AGE OF WHISKY 30 Years Old



CASK No. 24706

TOTAL OUTTURN 467 Bottle Equivalents


AVAILABILITY 750ml, 700ml, 50ml

The Experience

  • Colour


  • Nose

    Sweet honey and vanilla followed by peach and raspberry tart, antique oak, orange oil and caramelised apple.

  • Palate

    Orange and almond cake, vanilla and raisin, leather and forest fruits, nutmeg and liquorice and iced cinnamon buns.

  • Finish

    Long, interesting and complex with a fresh and sweet twist and gentle spice.

  • Strength

    54.9% vol Natural Cask Strength

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