Macallan 12 Years Old Double Cask 40% NV
|Distilled date||Not Specified|
|Cask Type||American & European Sherry Seasoned Oak|
|Cask Number||Bottlecode L0033E L2 02/03|
|Condition||In Original Box|
A Perfect Balance of Tradition and Innovation
Macallan, a legendary distillery situated in the heart of Speyside, Scotland, has earned a stellar reputation for producing exceptional single malt whiskies. Among its highly regarded offerings is the Macallan 12 Years Old Double Cask, a whisky that showcases the perfect harmony between traditional craftsmanship and innovative aging techniques. With its distinct flavor profile and meticulous attention to detail, Macallan 12 Years Old Double Cask has captivated whisky enthusiasts worldwide.
Crafted with Care
The Macallan distillery has a rich heritage dating back to 1824, and its commitment to quality and craftsmanship is evident in every bottle. The Macallan 12 Years Old Double Cask undergoes a meticulous production process, starting with the selection of the finest oak casks. What sets this expression apart is the combination of two types of oak casks — American oak ex-bourbon casks and European oak ex-sherry casks. This dual cask maturation allows for a complex interplay of flavors and aromas, resulting in a whisky that is truly unique.
The Flavor Journey
Macallan 12 Years Old Double Cask entices the senses with its inviting aroma. The nose reveals a delicate balance of vanilla and citrus notes, complemented by hints of dried fruits and spice. The American oak casks contribute a subtle sweetness, while the European oak casks infuse the whisky with rich flavors of dried fruits and warm spices.
On the palate, Macallan 12 Years Old Double Cask delivers a velvety smooth experience. The initial flavors of creamy vanilla and toffee give way to a burst of sweet oranges and dried fruits, adding depth and complexity. The sherry influence becomes more pronounced, bringing notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, which create a warm and satisfying finish.
Tradition and Innovation in Harmony
Macallan 12 Years Old Double Cask strikes a perfect balance between tradition and innovation. While it pays homage to the distillery's traditional aging process in oak casks, the inclusion of both American and European oak casks adds a layer of innovation and complexity to the whisky. The result is a harmonious marriage of flavors that showcases the best of both worlds.
The Importance of Age
Age plays a crucial role in shaping the character of whisky, and the 12 years of maturation bestowed upon Macallan 12 Years Old Double Cask is a testament to the distillery's commitment to producing whiskies of exceptional quality. During this period, the whisky develops its distinctive flavors and acquires the smoothness and depth that whisky enthusiasts seek.
Macallan 12 Years Old Double Cask is a remarkable expression that exemplifies the artistry and dedication of the Macallan distillery. Through the careful selection of oak casks and the perfect balance between tradition and innovation, this whisky offers a flavor journey that is both familiar and exciting. With its harmonious blend of sweet, citrusy, and spicy notes, Macallan 12 Years Old Double Cask is a true delight for whisky connoisseurs and a testament to the enduring legacy of one of Scotland's most revered distilleries.
Gal Granov (83)
Nose : Rather restrained at first with only a bit of sherry influence, apples, orange marmalade, and a tiny bit of rubber, and candied ginger, with a sweet note, honeyed cereal,sour notes too.
Palate: More sherry influence here with dried fruit mainly sultana, caramelized apple, and baking spices such as cinnamon, ginger powder and clove. Honey sweetness and ripe orange, chocolate more towards the bitter kind… And then oak.
Finish : Oak, dark chocolate and caramel with a salty edge.
Conclusion: This is a fine whisky, and frankly it was better than I had anticipated. Although it not as good as the 12 sherry oak, it is well made, very enjoyable, and the sherry notes are there, with a good balanced profile. I feel that Macallan fans will be happy with the result, and this will indeed be a popular Xmas present for fans of the brand