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An Expert’s Overview to Macallan

When I initially began in retail there were two core Macallan solitary malts: the 12 year as well as the 18 year.

The 12 year can be found in a red box; the 18 in a purple one. We offered lots of both.

Every now and then we would generate the Great Oak Collection: a 15 years of age as well as a 17 years of age version that can be found in pastel tinted boxes. We marketed fewer of those.

It Was An Easy Time. Whatever Had An Age Statement.

Individuals utilized the number to assign their wish. “Mac 12, please,” they would claim. I would certainly get hold of the container. They would certainly pay. There had not been much else to talk about.

In 2020, however; a lot has transformed. Macallan 60 Year Old Red Collection has ended up being a deluxe juggernaut. It has supplanted Glenlivet and also Glenfiddich as one of the most recognized solitary malt Scotch on the planet, and unusual editions can sell at public auction for seven numbers per container.

Therefore, the brand name has actually taken off into a multitude of brand-new editions, broadening the reach and also the profile of the whisky has an outcome.

There are three different Macallan 12 year olds tags currently, in addition to 3 various 18 years of age expressions. There’s also a variety of NAS (no age declaration) editions with names like: Gold, Estate, and also Rare Cask.

Seeing that it’s been a few years considering that I have actually tasted the core portfolio, not to mention all the brand-new offerings, I thought I ‘d break down the bulk of Macallan’s 2020 choices and re-familiarize myself with the marketplace’s most desired brand name, while creating a guide for Mission buyers at the same time.

It’s very simple to be bewildered simply by the sheer variety of Macallan tags on the shelf at Objective, let alone the hundreds of various other whiskies. Allow’s take a look at the core expressions:

Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak is what we made use of to know simply as Macallan 12, albeit it now is available in a black box as opposed to a red one.

Where as various other Sherry-matured whiskies like Balvenie 12 and Aberlour 12 are typically finished for a couple years in Sherry barrels, the Macallan 12 Sherry Oak spends the entire 12 years in Sherry, giving it a denser, much more supple texture.

With the Dual Cask series, Macallan has actually rotated over to the Balvenie/Aberlour model I discussed above: the whiskies are matured in American oak ex-Bourbon barrels prior to being finished in Sherry.

As opposed to get those much heavier, a lot more brooding dark chocolate notes, the Sherry coating is much more like pleasant icing on an American oak vanilla cake.