Comprised from a range of different fills from ex-sherry casks, the Macallan 12 Sherry Oak shows how the distilleries investment into casks pays off. Macallan age their whisky in predominantly ex-oloroso sherry casks, a practice that has helped define the Speyside distillery over the years. This gives the whisky it’s often nutty, dried fruit characteristics which the Macallan 12 Sherry Oak nails down to a tee.
Appearance: Light mahogany.
Nose: Fresh ginger, dried fruit and vanilla notes.
Taste: Orange, almonds, nutmeg and creamy toffee.
Finish: Cinnamon and golden syrup leading to oaky tannins.
Overall: Quintessential sherried single malt Scotch.
An excellent choice for someone new to the world of Single Malts. Macallan is extremely approachable so having a bottle of this on hand is always a good idea for when you have fussy guests over.
If the person you’re buying for is a fan of the Macallan 12 Sherry Oak, you could also try Highland Park 12, Balvenie 12 Double Wood or Dalmore 15.
The Rare Cask bottling is a display of some of the finest and most exclusive casks the distillery has to offer. Because of the heavy distillate Macallan choose to select from their run, the casks used and the aging is very important to the final result. Macallan have become well known as experts in cask selection. No colour correction happens between batches of the Macallan so everything has to be done to make sure each new batch looks like the last.
ABOUT THE DISTILLERY
Macallan have invested 140 million pounds into their new distillery in Speyside, Scotland. Originally a small farm distillery producing malts for blends, the operation grew as and when it needed to, adding extra stills when demand for whisky grew. The new distillery boasts 36 stills. Macallan have become a collectors favourite, and with output aiming to be quadrupled over the next 25 years there is a lot more to come from them.
ABOUT THE LIQUID
If casks represented a distilleries muscles, then Macallan would be a bodybuilder flexing.
Water, Malted Barley, Yeast.