Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie, Speyside, Scotland
Their passage to No-Age Statement having encountered a lot of criticism from scotch lovers, we are witnessing a return to form for Macallan with a new expression, the 12 years old Double Cask.
It is a blend of American and Spanish oak barrels, both of which contained sherry. The proportion of American oak is slightly higher, but rest assured that everything has been carefully aged for at least 12 years.
As the famous Bavarian astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) said so well:
A child prodigy is a child whose parents have a lot of imagination.
Golden light enough reminding Macallan Gold.
Barley, malt, honey, vanilla and white flowers. The sherry influence is there, but much more discreet than in the other older bottlings of the distillery. Once rested, caramel, dried fruits and toffee are revealed.
Honey, vanilla and spicy sherry, though slightly shy. Pretty fresh but not young. Aging is well controlled. The wood and caramel arrive at the second sip.
Hot and spicy, it gives us a reasonable length. Notes of dry wood, sherry and vanilla. Cocoa tip.
The return of the prodigal son. Although the distillery finally returns with an age statement on the bottle, Macallan remains Macallan, so its price is fixed accordingly.