Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry
Added coloring: No
Owner: Edrington Group
Average price: N/A
Official website: www.themacallan.com
Another Macallan from a few years ago, distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2007.
This is a private bottling, and I quote the description of Cheaper By The Dram from whom I received the sample:
Although the details of this Macallan are somewhat mysterious, the label bears the name Sandy MacFarlane, probably the owner of the cask or the person for whom it was bottled. The label on the back tells the story of the cask: called ‘Sandy Macallan’, it was born (or rather, was distilled) in 1989 in Craigellachie, the home of the Macallan distillery. It was then transferred by the new owner to Ben Nevis, where it matured for 18 years. The ironic description explains how the whisky was ‘destined to remain a single malt rather than contribute to a blend’, and how ‘Sandy Macallan’ received an annual visit from the angels, thus referring to the ‘angels share’, the amount of spirit that evaporates from the cask during ageing.
The colour is straw yellow with amber highlights.
The bouquet is very delicate, almost ethereal. Sultanas, sprinkling of nutmeg, peach. Herbaceous and floral scents in the background.
The alcohol is very present at the mouth but tames itself quite quickly. The fruity side is dominant, of yellow peach, melon, red fruits, accompanied by spices and lying on a carpet of grass and flowers.
The finish is not very long, of fruit and flowers.
To define this whisky, I would say that it has a country elegance: I was reminded of images from Downton Abbey, of breakfast on the grass, under a gazebo, nibbling on fruit and scotch. Very evocative.