This 15 years old Triple Cask Matured whisky from Macallan matured on American and European casks that were prepared with sherry as well as former bourbon casks. It’s the successor to the Fine Oak series and was (re)launched in 2018. Contrary to the younger brother (12), this one is bottled at 43%.
The nose offers sweet malt, peach, almonds and a truckload of dark honey. Add a tea spoon of light brown sugar, candied ginger and the picture is complete. I suspect that Macallan not only used whisky that is three years older (doh!) but also that more sherry casks went into the mix. This is quite sexy on the nose.
The body is good and the slightly higher ABV gives it some punch. Nicely sweet and spicy at the same time, but also a tad drying. The palate is a copy/paste of the nose. Only the drying element – as if I’m licking a leather pouch – is something I could have done without. But that’s nitpicking.
The finish is medium long on sweetened tea and cloves, keeping your mouth entertained and warm.
Let’s be clear: this is a good Macallan and merits it’s price tag of 100 EUR. Serve it to your guests and they will all be pleasantly surprised. A crowd pleaser, to say the least. Thanks, Timon, for a very generous sample. I was able to taste it three times. This crowd is pleased indeed.