Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie, Speyside, Scotland
To conclude the Macallan tasting presented by Québec Whisky last week a little gem of the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society, to start the year, a 16-year-old Macallan of course, distilled on March 12, 2002 and bottled in 2018 from first-fill bourbon casks, for a final harvest of only 1 bottles!
If you do not know the SMWS you can continue reading. If you prefer to go directly to the evaluation of this traffic jam, you can skip the next two paragraphs again without problem.
La Scotch Malt Whiskey Society, or SMWS, is the largest whiskey club in the world, with more 26 000 members spread across 16 countries. With their roots in the UK, they are so extensive that they can afford to buy whiskey casks and bottle them for sale exclusively to their members.
Always single casks, bottled cask strength without any mention of the distillery, their expressions are always highly praised and worshipped. Although the percentage of alcohol and the age of the whisky are indicated on the mysterious bottle, no mention of the distillery of origin is found there. The only clue to its origin is in the form of a cryptic code that cannot be deciphered until one has access to the appropriate legend.
As the Soviet chess player, engineer, electrician and computer scientist put it so well Mikhail Mosesevich Botvinnik (1911-1995) said so well:
A fool who walks goes further than a sitting intellectual
Powdered sugar, apples and pears. Meringue and white flowers. It's unsettling, it almost looks more like a kind of Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection than a Macallan. The grain is there, but deeply hidden by the influence of the barrel.
Very greasy and oily texture, like its alcohol content. Nice touches of cinnamon and golden sugar here. Red fruits and golden honey, notes of oak gorged with white grape juice. Print of melted butter. It's incredibly creamy. White chocolate.
Nice length, nice warmth. Dry and well spiced wood. Vanilla and fresh bread.
Always happy to taste an SMWS, but an extra Macallan? Rather rare thank you. In addition, it is served to us in a form to which the distillery has not accustomed us. A refreshing dram in every sense of the word.
Note: ★ ★ ★ ★★