Is Macallan still a Rolls Royce?.
The seat of Macallan is located in Easter Elchies House near Craigellachie in the Speyside. It is assumed that the distillery was founded in 1824, when production was legalized. Distillery is part of the Edrington Group, as well as Highland Park.
The Macallan was commonly said to be a Rolls Royce of single malts. Distillery gained fame thanks to the high quality whisky aged in sherry casks. I had the opportunity to try these spirits eg. at The Whisky Fair Limburg. Indeed recommendable, although increasingly less accessible. They remain present mainly only at auctions with high prices.
In 2004, observing the increasing demand for whisky and melting inventories of distillates aged in sherry casks, Macallan presented a series of Fine Oak. The new product consists of a combination of alcohol matured in European and American sherry casks and American bourbon casks.
My guest for tonight is Macallan 18 years old Fine Oak, bottled with 43% ABV.
N: quite nice, at once I have sweetness, caramel, vanilla and syrup, after a while dried apricots, candied cherries, orange, it’s a pleasant nose, in the background even plum in chocolate appears, further traces of sherry, dried fruit, a touch of ginger, wet wood and something herbal;
T: still sweet with caramel and vanilla, fruity with orange, plum and grapefruit, something a little sour, then there is even plum, milk chocolate, intensifying elements of ginger and wood;
F: quite long, sweet with caramel and traces of wood.
Macallan 18 years old Fine Oak turned out to be a decent whisky, but it is missing a lot to the Rolls Royce. Certainly it could be unchillfiltered and bottled with at least 46% ABV. Single malt would gain in intensity.