Review: The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: The Macallan Distillery

Bottling: Edrington

ABV: 40%

Cost: £48.45*  from Master of Malt

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What they say:

Double Cask 12 Years Old

Exclusively sherry seasoned whisky with the perfect balance of European and American oak maturation to create a distinctive American oak style – sweet, honeyed and rounded.

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is a honeyed, indulgent and rounded single malt, its character is defined by the unmistakable prominence of the American oak style.

A beautiful partnership, as sunshine and rain create a spectacular rainbow, so the pairing of sherry seasoned European and American oak casks combine in a perfect harmony of flavours and natural colour. The delicate flavour of American oak – vanilla, citrus and light oak – takes centre stage as the traditional Macallan character of rich fruit, sherry and wood spice affords a familiar backdrop.

It is this partnership that reveals an unmatched investment in time and extraordinary commitment to mastery for which The Macallan has been known since 1824. The Macallan brings new oak from America across thousands of miles to Spain, where casks are crafted and sherry seasoned before travelling to our distillery on Speyside. Here they are filled with new make spirit and left to mature for twelve years. These whiskies are then harmoniously united with those aged in exceptional sherry seasoned European oak casks.

Colour

Harvest Sun

Nose

Creamy butterscotch with a hint of toffee apple, candied orange, vanilla custard and newly felled oak.

Palate

Deliciously honeyed, wood spices and citrus, balanced with raisins and caramel.

Finish

Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying.

What I say:

A return to age declarations on official bottles of whisky from The Macallan Distillery. Following the discontinuation of their famed Sherry Cask aged expressions and the introduction of ‘by-the-colour’ 1824 series, we have come full circle and return to a 12 Years Old Double Cask expression. The double cask in this case refers to the fact that this expression has been matured in Sherry-seasoned oak either American or Spanish.

Colour:

Ruby amber gold (11/20) slow moving, medium-sized tears and legs

Nose:

Red berry fruits and cream, strong cereal barley malt, mashed apples with hints of dried fruit, raisins and spice, apple crumble with cinnamon, toasted bread with strawberry and raspberry jam, vanilla french toast with honey, toffee, fudge & butterscotch.

Taste:

Smooth, Creamy and fruity, thick and syrupy in mouthfeel, lots of berry jam, orange peel and zest, cinnamon spice, a little drying and tannic with new (green oak), malty cereal barely, orange barley sugars, vanilla, candied peel, raisins, spiced dried fruit mix and baked apples, bread & butter pudding with caramel or toffee sauce and vanilla custard, oak wood; some new, some old.

Finish:

Medium, citrus, fresh peel and orange and ginger marmalade, sweet and spicy – powdered spices and drying/tannic oak wood with a hint of fresh herbs (bouquet garni).

Overall:

Deliciously smooth and classic Macallan, the old 12 year old and hints of their sherry-prowess are here but with a fresh and livelier twist. Some apple (spirit), vanilla and new oak (American oak) are added into the classic mix but with a good effect and they do generate something a little new and zippier. I could drink a lot of this!

Score: 85/100

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