The Speyside distillery, long popular for its classic sherry cask range, now brought other oak profiles to the table, toying with blending, wood contract and maturation to broaden people’s vocabulary of what The Macallan had to offer.
The Double Cask single malt, which uses American oak and European sherry-seasoned oak to mature the final product, was always aged to 12 years old. A signature in its own right, the Double Cask 12 Years Old writes a formula of balance with different, albeit familiar flavours found in The Macallan’s whiskies. Now, the family has grown. One becomes three as the 15 and 18 Year Old Double Cask whiskies join the party.
These two new gems also let oak influence tell liquid stories. The 15 Year old is all spice, chocolate and honey, while the 18 Year Old is very much complex, with warm spice, oak and red fruit dominating.
As exciting as it is to see The Macallan’s core line grow, we have little word as to when these bottlings will make their moves to Asia given the current pandemic. However, they are available for purchase online on prominent whisky e-commerce websites The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt. Prices vary according to the retailer.
Photos credited to The Macallan.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.