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The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask Review

20th October 2016

Review of the new Macallan 12 year old Double Cask.

The Macallan fans amongst you have probably noticed by now that there is a new Macallan expression on the shelves of the whisky shops. You will be pleased to hear that the new Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask is a traditional sherry seasoned expression.

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask is a new interpretation of the signature Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak we already know, the Double Cask name does not refer to a cask finish it refers to the two types of casks which have been brought together to create the Double Cask.

It has been created by bringing new oak from America to Spain, where the oak casks were crafted and Sherry-seasoned before being shipped to the Macallan's distillery on Speyside to mature for at least twelve years. The whisky matured in the Sherry-seasoned new American oak casks was then united with whisky aged in Sherry-seasoned European oak casks.

Commenting on Double Cask, Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker, said: "This is a single malt which showcases a true balance of character which results in a fully rounded and distinctive flavour profile. By combining wood influences, we have been able to produce a new Macallan which sits perfectly between our existing Sherry Oak and Fine Oak ranges."

Naturally coloured and bottled at 40% ABV the new whisky will be a permanent part of the Macallan core range and will be available in the US, Russia, Asia, EU (including UK, Spain, Sweden and Netherlands).

The Macallan 12 Double Cask is currently available from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt priced at 48.45 which is a little less than its 55 RRP. Also quite a bit cheaper than the Macallan 12 Sherry Oak, but every bit as enjoyable.

The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Rich auburn.

Nose: A deliciously enticing nose of honey, creamy vanilla fudge, sweet fondant orange, a little apple in their also and just a touch of fresh oak.

Taste:  Honey and orange citrus laced with a little cinnamon and ginger leads, toffee and raisins follow, touch of vanilla.

Finish: Long, the sherried fruit fades first leaving the slightly drying and mildly sweet oak spice.

Comment: From the enticing nose I expected it to be sweeter, that's not a criticism, quite the opposite, the taste that followed on the palate was of a well balanced deliciously sherried, mature Macallan that still has touches of the Macallan Fine oak but is still sure to put a smile on the faces of the fans of sherried Macallan.

Great to see the age statement making a return at The Macallan as in my eyes there is two things which qualifies a whisky for the price you pay for it and that is the quality of the whisky and the age of the whisky and the new Macallan Double Cask 12 year old has both. A fabulous return of an aged Macallan which is affordable to all and I am sure this one will be on a few Christmas gift lists this year.

SMW Score 92/100

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