Macallan previously appeared on the blog in the official version of Fine Oak, after 18 years of maturing. Today I decided to reach for Macallan 21 years old from the independent bottler Douglas Laing, Old & Rare series, Platinum Selection. We have here a single cask – refill hogshead, 245 bottles (mine’s no 6), cask strength 52% ABV, natural colour. Distillation took place in March 1989, bottling in September 2010.
The presentation is just perfect.
N: quite comprehensive and extensive, I have honey, caramel, vanilla, a lot of sweets, chardonnay, orange, peach and dried apricot, ripe grapes and bananas, cherry buns, basically nothing irritates the nose despite the power, with time more grapefruit emerges and traces of ginger; after some water even more sweet and fruitful, sometimes even flowery, I also feel smthg like a cappuccino from time to time;
T: here the alcohol level is more palpable, but everything is in norm, I mean at an acceptable level, also in the taste I have honey, vanilla and candies, in the second phase many sweet and ripe fruits – orange, peach, nectarine, grapefruit, over time traces of ginger; after a few drops of water I got more honey, caramel, vanilla, but also raisins, nuts and finally mint;
F: long with sweets, traces of grapefruit, plum and mint.
I think that Macallan 21 years old, 1989/2010, Douglas Laing, Old & Rare, Platinum Selection, although from the independent bottler defended the honor of the distillery. On the other hand, its character is closer to the official Fine Oak series than Sherry Oak.