After Giovinetti’s famous 7 years old expression, Italian import passed to Maxxium, a company that took over the global distribution of Macallan; in the early 2000s, the 7 yo – famous for its quality more that for well-known advertisements – was replaced by a counterpart with a different label and the big words “Maxxium Import” under the “7”. Almost like the Giovinetti in short, but afterwards.
N: the first note is – unfortunately – a little integrated alcohol, or maybe solvent. Everything is played on ‘heavy’ and sticky notes of cooked fruit (plums), raisins, tamarind (have you ever tasted it? No? Do it!). Blackberry jam, even a little orange. A bit of pipe tobacco, heavy. Mind you, the descriptors in themselves are pleasant, but altogether this whisky doesn’t seem entirely ‘focused’… A vaguely metallic and sulphureous hint closes this nose.
P: beyond an alcoholic note that remains uselessly present despite the low alcohol content, it is certainly not among the most expressive Macallans: violet candy, some strawberry jam, tamarind and citrus peel… Actually, a forgettable chapter in the great history of this particular bottling. More sulphurous emersions.
F: more strawberry jam and tamarind. Medium-lasting.
If you find a 7-year-old forgotten on a shelf, buy it: whether Giovinetti or Maxxium, the collector’s value is similar and high for both. Certainly, not the qualitative value: 73/100 is our judgment. Ahead another, and quickly.
Recommended soundtrack: Vasco Rossi – I’m going to Maxxium.