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The Macallan Gold 1824 Series Review


17th May  2013
The Macallan Gold 100% Sherry Cask Matured 100% Natural Colour 40% ABV

The Macallan Gold is the entry level whisky in the new Macallan 1824 Series which is a series of single malt Scotch whiskies where each whisky takes its name from the colour of whisky.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Deep gold.

Nose: Finely balanced honey, vanilla, orange and raisins.

Taste: Lightly sweet, light creamy vanilla followed by a raisins, orange and lemon peel, some light oak spice, cinnamon.

Finish: Bitter sweet, a touch of cinnamon, a mild slowly drying sherried oakiness

Comment: I can't fault this, a nice clean lightly sherried Macallan. This is the entry level whisky in the new Macallan 1824 series and a very nicely balanced expression of the Macallan. I would imagine this is a vatting of mainly refill sherry cask matured whisky with a drop of first fill sherry cask whisky in there also.

Those of you looking for the Macallan Gold to be a replacement for the Macallan 10 year old sherry oak may be disappointed it is a quality dram but the sherry influence in the Gold is milder than what you would have found in the old Macallan 10.

It does not carry an age statement but I cant say I found the Macallan Gold youthful at all so Bob Dalgarno at The Macallan has done a good job of putting this new whisky together. If you are looking for a more classic big bold sherried Macallan I suggest looking at the other Macallans in the 1824 Series but if you fancy a lighter sherried Macallan then you will like this.

SMW Score 86/100

The Macallan Gold (RRP 36), is now available from the The Whisky Exchange
 

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