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There was a time when I remember wanting to drink only Sherry influenced whiskies and this expression was the reason why.
The nose is pretty much in perfect harmony. Big, fat, juicy, red grapes covered in sugar, sprinkled with black pepper, dipped in caramel and then dusted with dark chocolate are presented to you on a silver platter. A final nose brings out the beautiful wooden sherried oak that makes this nose what it is.
Like most Macallan's I've tasted the liquid is pure velvet. Burnt toast with black pepper and tiny cloves is the first thing to greet you. This is followed by the unmistakable taste of charred orange rind. Finall the palate is wrapped in a swirl of caramel, jaggery and a hint of roasted nuts.
The lovely long finish with it's dry clove and nuts feels quite mature for it's twelve years.
Pour your self a dram, sit back and relax. It's going to be a long night.