The industry is moving to NAS, and we’re seeing more and more of these expressions, and here the Macallan has surprised us with an Age statement (a move from the color coded NAS expressions of yesteryear? I mean the Gold,Amber,Sienna etc), I was not expecting this. However, Spanish Sherry casks are scarce and expensive, and this is a combination of American and European Sherry oak. FYI -the proportion of American oak ex-Sherry casks is higher than in the 12 Year Old Sherry Oak, but no ex-bourbon casks are used as in the 12 Year Old Fine Oak release. The macallan is a huge brand and enjoys high popularity in most markets, so this is a big move on their behalf. I was quite curious to see how this will fare against the 12 Sherry Oak, and the Fine Oak…
This is originally a US edition, but you may find some in the EU market as well.
Nose : Rather restrained at first with only a bit of sherry influence, apples, orange marmalade, and a tiny bit of rubber, and candied ginger, with a sweet note, honeyed cereal,sour notes too.
Palate: More sherry influence here with dried fruit mainly sultana, caramelized apple, and baking spices such as cinnamon, ginger powder and clove. Honey sweetness and ripe orange, chocolate more towards the bitter kind… And then oak.
Finish : Oak, dark chocolate and caramel with a salty edge.
Conclusion: This is a fine whisky, and frankly it was better than I had anticipated. Although it not as good as the 12 sherry oak, it is well made, very enjoyable, and the sherry notes are there, with a good balanced profile. I feel that Macallan fans will be happy with the result, and this will indeed be a popular Xmas present for fans of the brand, and for those looking for an under 50 quid whisky that bares the Macallan Crest.
Available at The Whisky Exchange for £48.45
If you’re based in the USA you can find it locally for less (and 750 ml bottle)