Facing the Giants

New Podcast episode

Scott Kerr is joined by serial entrepreneur Julie Macklowe, founder and CEO of The Macklowe.

The Macklowe

Private collection Review

Edition: 06 / 46% abv / 8 years old.

Review by F.Paul Pacult


Color: Metallic gold/lion mane.
Clarity: Pristine, unblemished purity.


Dryness/sweetness scale 1 (dry) to 10 (sweet): 2
1st 2 minutes: Upfront, there are direct, assertive aromatic notes of maple syrup, cigar tobacco and wrapping paper, bay leaf (laurel), carob, and a whisper of coffee bean.
5 minutes: Second stage inhalations introduce tightly woven and slightly drier/acidic scents of ginger, parchment, and lemon peel.
10 minutes: It’s here, with more aeration, where the various olfactory elements meld into a seductive aromatic message of elegantly spicy, vanilla bean-like oak barrel (vanillin) and dry, unsweetened breakfast cereal.


Dryness/sweetness scale 1 (dry) to 10 (sweet): 2-3
Entry: Right from the first taste, I find the mature suppleness of the gustatory composition lean, squeaky tight and crisp (adequately acidic), and more than moderately oaky.
Midpalate: There’s an intriguing expansion at this juncture in the oak-driven sweetness that makes itself known at first blush and it’s this aging vessel development that pushes the flavor intensity and density forward.
Texture: Medium weight/moderate degree of viscosity-grip.
Finish: No question but that it’s right at this point in the savor moment where this whiskey shines brightest as the understated sweetness of the oak underpins all other gustatory aspects, bringing it home with style, concentration, and elegance.


A lovely, moderately mature single malt whose best virtues are its restraint, gradual build-up of character, and pure elemental harmony. 46% is the ideal abv.


Review by Robin Robinson

“Julie Macklowe makes an auspicious and audacious debut into American Single Malts with The Macklowe. Each release serves up a new face of elegance in whiskey. As a “producer”, she and her team prove the importance of overseeing the production with a guiding hand. That careful barrel selection and maturation of well-produced distillate results in an outstanding whiskey at the end of its journey.”


Lively and playful, with warm filbert nuts and spring honey, a spritz of lemon zest.


Soft entry, an elegant blanket of peach compote; mid–palate comes alive with bread pudding and a hint of pumpkin spice.


Starts creamy, peach and lemon custard, medium long finish, comes to its final resolution with a pleasantly dry whisper.



Jean Georges Restaurants have been extremely pleased with the initial launch and selling success of The Macklowe. The Macklowe is a great addition to our world-class restaurants. The quality, design and taste of The Macklowe as the First Luxury American Single Malt is unparalleled.

This has been such an exciting journey for me working and evaluating the ever-increasing quality of American Single Malts. The overall quality of the maturing whiskies that Julie has sourced have been excellent. The final selection process was challenging, however the cask we eventually selected was of such sublime quality, I await with great anticipation the reactions from the very lucky purchasers of this wonderful and special American Single Malt.

Ian Macmillian