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"This is a little light for my tasting...lacking the necessary complexity, though quite delicate and expressing nice sherry notes...hope to see Macallan push further in this direction and develop age statements."
The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 40%
Following a slew of NAS bottlings, Macallan flips 180 degrees with a new 12 Year Old. It completes a triptych of Sherried whiskies, each with a slightly different emphasis. Stylistically, Double Cask sits in between the 12 Year Old Sherry Oak and 12 Year Old Fine Oak. The former is matured in a mixture of American Oak Sherry casks and European Oak sherry, with more influence from European oak. The Fine Oak bottling sees a higher proportion of American oak ex-Sherry casks plus the inclusion of x-Bourbon casks.Double wood, on the other hand, is matured in a combination of American and European Sherry oak but with a higher proportion of American oak ex-Sherry casks (though reportedly the mix is very close to 50:50). The Macallan calls it a marriage of two worlds, old and new. In terms of flavour variation between the three, generally speaking, European oak will impart more of a tannic, spicy flavour, whereas American oak will impart more vanilla, sweet spice, orchard fruit and citrus. Finally, the Sherry input will contribute the fruitcake character familiar to lovers of these styles. Tasting note: Reminniscent of the 100% Sherry oak in its distinctive combination of dried fruits, orange spice cake, peel heavy marmalade and light nuttiness... it doesn't have the weight and presence of its twelve year old sibling at 43%, but it's not too far off. There's a trace of sulphur and a splash of vanilla through the finish. In short, it's a decent lighter-styled sherried malt with a reasonable price tag. 40% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Bright deep amber color. Nutty aromas of butter sautéed almonds and pecans, conditioned leather armchair, honey pastry, and rancio with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, long chocolate cream, vanilla latte, and spiced cherries finish. A superb sherried highland malt that is a sheer pleasure to drink.
95 points Gold Medal, Exceptional - www.tastings.com ...Ha, double casks! That’s nothing when you already have ‘four oaks’ elsewhere (Laphroaig). But is all that only silicone for whisky? Let’s see… Oh and this has been aged in ‘a combination of American oak and ex-sherry casks’. Very vague, I’d say, but as they say in Washington, it’s only the result that counts. Let’s see… Colour: gold. Nose: to be honest, I liked the freshness of the ‘Gold’ a little better. This one’s nice as well, but it’s a little more, yeah, vague, with wee leafy smells, some kinds of dusty nuts, and this feeling of old books that can be brilliant… Or not. Some burnt sugar too, toasts… Mouth: once again, it’s the low strength that makes it a little too flabby and frustrating. There’s some cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as walnuts, but it feels bizarrely empty, there isn’t enough fruity kick to support those dry spicy notes. Finish: very short and quite dry. As if we’ve just had black tea that we had sweetened with aspartame. Comments: I’m disappointed. I was so glad they had added a proper age statement! But between us and frankly, 40% have now totally gotten passé. Like red wine at 11.5%, you know…
74 points - Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com