The 12-year-old sherry cask-matured Double Cask from Macallan has made its anticipated arrival into Australia, marking a return to age statements for the famous brand.
At time of writing, Macallan is the third-highest selling single malt Scotch brand in the world but the demand for the brand has been both a blessing and a curse. The strain of sherry casks resulted in the introduction of the Fine Oak series (ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks), which was in turn replaced by the non-age-statement 1824 series. Both controversial, ongoing investment in Macallan’s production has allowed them to launch this new exclusively sherry cask release with an age statement.
The ‘Double Cask’ moniker refers to the use of both European and American oak, both of which have been “seasoned” with sherry. Originally launched in Taiwan and the USA in mid-2016, it has since rolled out around the world.
In 2017, owners Edrington Group have commissioned a new distillery building complete with 24 new stills that will increase production from 11 million litres a year to 15 million. It estimated to be costing them £100 million, so we’ll be seeing plenty more Macallan again in the coming decades.
Official tasting notes:
Nose: Creamy butterscotch, toffee apple, candied orange, vanilla custard, and fresh oak.
Palate: Wood spices (ginger and nutmeg), citrus, caramel, raisins and resinous
Finish: Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying.
- Single Malt