Whisky Review: The Macallan Gold 1824 Series

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: The Macallan Distillery

Bottling: Edrington

ABV: 40%

Cost: £36.95 from Master of Malt

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What they say:

The Macallan Gold – Exclusively matured in sherry oak casks from Jerez, Spain.

The Macallan 1824 Series has been created to showcase the beautiful range of natural colour found in our whiskies – each expression becoming increasingly darker and more complex. Bob Delgarno, The Macallan Whisky Master, has hand-picked individual 100% sherry oak casks to deliver the rich colour that distinguishes this expression – a Single Malt of exemplary flavour and character.

The Macallan’s six pillars:

  1. The Spiritual Home – Easter Elchies House proudly watches over the distillery in Speyside, Scotland. Built in 1700, this Jacobean manor house is the Macallan’s spiritual home.
  2. Curiously Small Stills – The Macallan’s curiously small and uniquely shaped copper stills help concentrate the flavour of the ‘new make’ spirit
  3. The Finest Cut – The Macallan takes one of the finest new make spirit ‘cuts’ of any distillery in Scotland – typically a mere 16%
  4. Exceptional Oak Casks – The Macallan 1824 Series is exclusively matured in sherry oak casks drom Jerez, Spain. These casks are filled with aged sherries and left to mature before receiving our new make spirit.
  5. Natural Colour – The interaction of spirit and wood alone delivers the variety of rich natural colours that distinguish The Macallan range.
  6. Peerless Spirit – The Macallan is celebrated far and wide by experts and discerning drinkers as the world’s most precious whisky.

Whisky Maker’s Notes:

Colour:

Burnished Gold

Nose:

Lemon citrus, then orange peel and an interlacing sweetness that softens but doesn’t eliminate the zest. A quiet note of vanilla is followed by dark chocolate with lingering floral and light oak notes.

Palate:

Citrus and boiled sweets rule the palate, along with hints of ginger and cinnamon, while soft oak tones reveal toasted apples.

Finish:

Medium sweet, malty and slightly dry.

The Macallan Gold

What I say:

Usually priced at around £35, this is the new entry level Macallan as it is the cheapest of their 1824 series of no-age statement (NAS) whiskies, replacing their older more standard named predecessors. The new series are named after their colours, namely Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby. This range is based on the premise that age doesn’t matter but the level of maturation achieved within the cask is better represented by the final colour of the whisky. All these whiskies are matured in sherry oak casks. I spotted this bottle of Gold in ASDA reduced to under £30, as a big fan of The Macallan whisky I jumped at the chance of trying this lightest (in colour) of their new expressions.

Colour:

Amber gold

Nose:

Cereal Barley, Orange blossom, citric peal / clementines, light hints of red berry fruits, vanilla (yoghurt), and a lightish leathery aroma – like a well-thumbed old leather key fob.

Taste:

Rich and chocolate-y, latte coffee and amber beer/ale, creamy and milky and not too bitter, it has a light citric tartness with hints of ginger, with a thick voluptuous mouthfeel which is neither oily nor syrupy

Finish:

Warming and vaporous the finish is long and full of ginger and tannic suede leather and wood

Overall:

For under £30 this is a very fine bottle of The Macallan whisky. At first sight I was expecting the Gold to be rather light on the sherry influences and young feeling. In actual fact this is the usual silky smooth Macallan taste with a lot of well-incorporated and reasonably robust sherry-influenced flavours hiding beneath that refractive Gold exterior. This has plenty of fruit and chocolate and those tell-tale tannic leathery notes pervade each of the senses giving you no doubt as to what this has been cask-matured in. A pleasant surprise and a very good dram from The Macallan, one they can be very proud of and which I would happily go back and buy more of especially at sub £30!

Score: 81/100