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This Speyside single malt is matured in Sherry oak casks from Jerez, Spain, for a minimum of 18 years. This spirit has been the staple of all luxury hotel bars, upscale dining establishments and corporate elites. This bottle was distilled in 1996 at 43% ABV. The nose foreshadows the whips of sweet toffee and chocolate notes that are to come. The scents of the seemingly perfectly aged oak and vanilla step forward. The amber spirit is as smooth as expected, with a growing, warm, caramel flavour; a touch of sweet honey, dark chocolate and espresso. Later on fig jam and milk chocolate linger to the finish. Viscous,, creamy, delicious. It is perfect on it's own. Enough said. Score 95/100.
Elegant, $$$, delicious, vanilla, milk chocolate, oak, honey
Macallan has been getting quite o bit of criticism for developing No Age Statement (NAS) 1824 Series of releases in order to keep up the the ever increasing demand for their high quality product., and they produce a lot. In my opinion much of the criticism is undeserved as they are doing what any business would do to maximize profit. As a consumer we drive production so we can chose to buy or not to buy. I can say that the Series is excellent. More on this in future reviews. What you need to ask yourself is coughing up the serious amount of $$$ worth it... that is, if you can find it.