October 7, 2016 — Fans of single malt Scotch whisky, and The Macallan in particular, will be excited about The Macallan’s release of a whisky aged in American Oak Sherry-seasoned casks and blended with whisky aged in Sherry-seasoned European oak casks.
The Macallan has been investing in new American oak that is Sherry-seasoned in Spain for many years and in some of the newer expressions Bourbon-seasoned casks from Heaven Hill distillery in Kentucky are used.
The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is 100% Sherry seasoned, and 100% Natural Color, in keeping with The Macallan’s tradition, but unique in the fact it is defined by the unmistakable prominence of the American Oak style. American Oak has less tannin and allows more vanillin to shine through, giving off sweet and fresh fruit flavors, which creates a refreshing style of whisky unique to Double Cask, which is ideal for all occasions.
“By combining wood influences, we have been able to produce a new Macallan which sits perfectly between our existing Sherry Oak and Fine Oak ranges,” explains Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker. “The delicate flavor of American Oak – vanilla, citrus and fresh oak — is at the forefront, along with the traditional Macallan character of dried fruit and wood spice. Fresh and approachable in style, this expression of The Macallan is rich in flavor, honeyed and indulgent, and has a full, viscous mouthfeel, which makes it a great complement to The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old.”
The tasting notes describe the nose as creamy butterscotch with a hint of toffee apple, candied orange, vanilla custard and newly felled oak. The palate is deliciously honeyed, wood spices and citrus, balanced with raisins and caramel.
With a suggested retail price of $65 per bottle, The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is available now at your local fine spirits purveyor. For more information, visit www.themacallan.com.