The Macallan Fine Oak Triple Cask Matured Masters’ Edition (40%, OB, 2011)
NAS, 40% ABV, €30 for 70cl
What they say:
The Macallan fine oak is triple cask matured in a unique, complex combination of exceptional oak casks; European oak casks seasoned with Sherry, American oak casks seasoned with Sherry and American oak casks seasoned with Bourbon. This triple cask combination delivers an extraordinarily smooth, delicate yet complex single malt, matured at The Macallan Distillery. Respected and admired by the world’s most sophisticated and discerning whisky drinkers, The Macallan remains the single malt against which all others must be judged. This peerless reputation has been built by The Masters of Spirit and Wood, those craftsmen at the heart of The Macallan since it was legally licensed in 1824.
Easter Elchies House proudly watches over The Macallan Distillery in Speyside, Scotland. Built in 1700, this Jacobean manor house is The Macallan’s spiritual home. The Macallan’s curiously small and uniquely shaped copper stills help to concentrate the flavour of the ‘new make’ spirit. The ‘cut’ is the amount of distilled spirit collected from the stills. The Macallan takes one of the finest ‘cuts’ of any distillery in Scotland; only the best of the best, typically just 16% is selected to fill our casks. This distinctly robust and characterful ‘new make’ spirit is the starting point for all Macallan.
At The Macallan, natural colour is something we insist on. It is the interaction of spirit and wood alone which delivers the rich diversity of colour evident throughout The Macallan range. Our whisky maker keeps a watchful eye on the slumbering casks, selecting the moment when each cask is at the peak of maturity and perfect for bottling. It is this mastery of spirit and wood that creates The Macallan… The world’s most precious whisky.
Light and fresh, with a hint of coconut and ice cream wafer
Soft and smooth, balanced with oak and fruit
Lingering, with a hint of oak and fruit
What I say:
I’m a big fan of The Macallan and their ethos of perfectionism in their whisky making. I’m often finding myself ordering any Macallan whisky on the menu after a good meal out in a restaurant as I know I’ll get something to savour and it will be rewarding. Their is an almost opulent quality in the flavour and feel of their whisky that suggest they have only picked the best. This is one of their entry level expressions that I picked up on offer in the supermarket in France, pretty much because usually the price tag on Macallan whiskies are a little higher and out of my comfortable price range.
Dark gold but not quite bronze
Sweet fruits, yeast and grain, fresh and new sawdust, buttery toast, vaporous and winey
Caramel, a little Sherry flavour, fruity apples and oranges, a little green grape or watermelon
Initially short and sweet which extends into a smooth and creamy finish with a little nutmeg.
Would I buy it again:
I’m not convinced by this expression, it seems a little like a single malt of three halves. The Macallan distillate is smooth and opulent as usual but gets a little lost in the almost blend-like qualities of the flavours going on in here and so can rapidly seem simple and not complex at all. Having said that for a basic level expression this is perfectly nice with subtle balanced flavours and is very easy and pleasing to drink. I think next time I’ll look for a Macallan with a bit more contrasting complexity to it…In conclusion another perfect beginners whisky perhaps – or one for dramming when you don’t want to think too hard about it.