New expressions from The Macallan excite because each is a testament to how the Speyside distillery stretches the craft of whisky without shirking too much of its DNA. The very polymers that form The Macallan identity is its mastery of ex-sherry casks, and so for its latest release, the label has returned to its roots by transfiguring the magic of sherry-seasoned oak into a limited edition single malt whisky, the Classic Cut.
Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno, curated American and European oak casks used to mature Oloroso sherry from Jerez in Spain. The final product is a no age statement single malt that bears a honeyed hue, and intense autumnal flavours, such as spices, dried fruit, citrus zest and vanilla.
It sounds like a textbook example of other sherry oak whiskies under The Macallan’s portfolio, but here’s the real differentiator: The Classic Cut is bottled at 58.4 percent ABV, just a fraction down from cask-strength. Its potency was a decision made by Dalgarno, who felt that the higher proof was ideal for this particular expression.
The Macallan Classic Cut will be an annual release, available in limited quantities each time. Every year’s bottling will consist of slight variants, adding to its collectible nature.
The Classic Cut will be sold for S$170++ at 1855 The Bottle Shop, The Oaks Cellars, Le Rougue and La Casa Cubana.