#431 • Macallan 12 years old Double Cask

40% alc./vol.
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.

Nose:
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.

Taste:
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.

Finish:
Hot and spicy, it gives us a reasonable length. Notes of dry wood, sherry and vanilla. Cocoa tip.

Balance:
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.

Note: ★★★★★

#359 • The Macallan Rare Cask

43% alc./vol.
Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie, Speyside, Scotland

I want here to silence the " haters " from the menu SAQ Inspire. No matter which side can be perceived as "bad", if you shop smart, not quite 1 year we can afford a nice bottle like this precious but too expensive scotch of the fetish distillery de the 007 agent, The Macallan Rare Cask.

To remain consistent in the fashion of No Age Statement (NAS) which they are clumsy pioneers, Macallan introduced us in the end 2015 has his latest album. On the other hand it is said that it is an assemblage of no less than 16 different types of barrels, and that in total less than 1% of casks maturing at Macallan are worthy to be part of it. I bet that many of these barrels will never be reused in another expression of the distillery, hence the name and price.

As the scriptwriter and an American television producer, creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991), from his real name Eugene Wesley Roddenberry:

There is nothing more rare than giving no importance to things that are of no importance.

Amber-Sienna, a Macallan sherry like the ones they've accustomed us to.

Nose:
Rich wind of grapes and dates, plums, tobacco, oak, orange and dark chocolate. Delicious.

Taste:
Round and syrupy, ample and well-nourished. Still raisins, leather, prunes, orange and oak. Cherries, ginger and fruit cakes.

Finish:
I could copy and paste the American final. Speaking of that, sweet and spicy finish at the same time. Tobacco leaf tip. Remaining impression of butter and ginger.

Balance:
For all old Speyside scotch lovers, matured in sherry casks. If you are ready to slam 400 bushings.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★