The Macallan has released Double Cask 15 Years Old and Double Cask 18 Years Old to expand their highly successful range, which demonstrates The Macallan’s enduring desire to go beyond the ordinary to create peerless single malts. I had the honour of attending “Toast The Macallan” in Kuala Lumpur back in 2016 which was also the launch of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years (read about it here: https://timchew.net/2016/10/08/toast-the-macallan-kuala-lumpur-2016/)
First introduced in 2016 with The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old, the collection is formed from a harmonious union of American and European oak sherry seasoned casks. Together they combine to create a wonderfully balanced single malt Scotch whisky with a distinctive warm character that is punctuated with a contemporary soft sweetness.
Double Cask tells the story of a journey which brings together two different worlds. The voyage begins in the vast green forests of northern Spain and the French Pyrenees, where The Macallan sources its European oak. New oak from the lush forests of Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky in America is also transported thousands of miles to Spain, where both types of oak are hand crafted into casks that are filled with sherry.
Once seasoned, the casks are shipped to The Macallan Estate on Speyside where they are filled with new-make spirit. Following years of aging, The Macallan’s Whisky Mastery Team use their skill and expertise to select the best balance of spirit from both the American and European oak sherry seasoned casks to create Double Cask.
The result is a truly lovely partnership, with the sherry seasoned American oak imparting delicate flavours of vanilla, while the European oak delivers the subtle and unmistakable spice and classic style of The Macallan.
The incredible wood journey which underpins Double Cask was recently showcased by a collaboration with iconic Magnum photographer Steve McCurry, who travelled across continents to witness The Macallan’s decisive story unfold. His exclusive photographic journal documents the people, places, skills and processes involved in the production of The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks.
The new expressions add to the existing Double Cask range, which lies at the heart of The Macallan’s portfolio of single malts.
Displaying a golden butterscotch hue, The Macallan Double Cask 15 Years Old imparts aromas of dried fruit, toffee and vanilla, and delivers a warming finish with a creamy mouthfeel.
The Macallan Double Cask 18 Years Old has a rich amber honey tone, and imparts notes of dried fruits, ginger and toffee. A warm oak spice finish is balanced by citrus flavours of sweet orange.
Kirsteen Campbell, Master Whisky Maker, The Macallan, said: “Bringing together American and European oak sherry seasoned casks to achieve the perfect balance of flavours is incredibly exciting for the Whisky Mastery Team, and we are proud to offer two new expressions to this distinctive range for The Macallan Double Cask fans to explore.
“With Double Cask 15 Years Old, the delicate and indulgent flavours of American oak including honey, citrus and chocolate balance The Macallan’s more traditional characteristics of rich fruits, sherry and wood spice. The Macallan Double Cask 18 Years Old offers slightly more complexity, with rich raisin and sultana subtly balanced by warming oak spice.
“Oak influence is the single greatest contributor to the quality, natural colour and distinctive aromas and flavours at the heart of The Macallan’s single malts.”
The Macallan Double Cask range will be available in The Macallan E-Boutique, premium bars and retailers from October 2020.
The Macallan Double Cask 15 Years Old
Colour: Golden butterscotch.
Aroma: Dried fruits, toffee and vanilla with smooth oak and baked apple balanced with notes of honey and chocolate.
Palate: Sweet raisin and sultana builds with hints of vanilla, wood spice and citrus.
Finish: Warm ginger turning to caramel and citrus with a creamy mouth feel.
RSP: MYR 540 (GST inclusive)
The Macallan Double Cask 18 Years Old
Colour: Amber honey.
Aroma: Dried fruits, ginger and toffee with rich orange and hints of clove with nutmeg.
Palate: Rich raisin and sultana with notes of caramel, vanilla and ginger balanced by wood spice and zesty citrus.
Finish: Warm oak spice with ginger turning to sweet orange.
RSP: MYR 1120 (GST inclusive)
For further information, head over to https://www.themacallan.com/en-my
Images courtesy of The Macallan.