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Macallan Distillery Scotland Speyside Region

The Macallan 12yo Double Cask

Review of whisky aged in American and European Sherry casks by Macallan.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 40%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry American and European
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Edrington Group
Average price: € 69.00
Official website: www.themacallan.com
Vote: 72/100

Macallan is undoubtedly one of the best known and most respected names in Scotch whisky, whose historic bottlings reach staggering figures at auction, breaking record after record.
And it cannot be said that the distillery is sitting on its hands, constantly launching new lines, new series linked by a leitmotif in search of quality and titillating collectors (which of the two aspects counts more I will leave it to those who read me to decide).

The Double Cask series barely makes it into this typology, being made up of just a few bottlings: the cheaper Double Cask Gold (which replaced the laconic Gold in 2018 and nominally doesn’t belong in the line) and the present one, introduced in 2015. Two more releases have been released recently, plumping up the series somewhat.
Characteristic of this 12 year old is the total absence of ex-Bourbon casks in the ageing process: it’s in fact a whisky matured entirely in ex-Sherry casks, part Spanish, part American bought virgin and sent to Spain to flavour with their fortified wine.

The colour is (needless to say) full gold.
A slight but somewhat annoying whiff of alcohol greets the nose, taking longer than necessary to leave the nose, which is predictably sherried but not too much: ripe plums, cinnamon, cherries, toffee, honey, lemon peel. Persistent wood in the background.
A faintly metallic trace appears with every sip, in a rather dry drink that is always a little too alcoholic for its 40 degrees, elements that break up the aromas sending the fruity and soft scents into the background, with traces of hazelnuts, sultanas in spirit, plums, spices (with a slight peppery touch), lemon and a slight herbaceous note. More wood to embrace it all.
Medium dry finish of alcohol, hazelnuts, cinnamon and wood.

A whisky that I would define as negligible, at that price (and even less) and with that ageing you can find better (a Tomatin 12yo or a GlenAllachie 12yo are already far superior to it, or staying within the stated double ageing, a Balvenie 12yo), of the proverbial elegance of Macallan here there is very little, replaced by much disorder and lack of precision.

Other bottlings in the blog:
Dramfool Malt Can Heal 1992
Macallan 18yo 1989
Macallan 1989 Duncan Taylor
The Macallan 15yo Triple Cask Matured
The Macallan Amber
The Macallan Edition N°5

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