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Macallan Cask Strength

Two Macallans - Part II

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

20th Aug 2017

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    92

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A sample of this NAS cask strength Macallan (at 60.1% ABV) was part of a very generous birthday gift from @paddockjudge.

The colour is one of the deepest and reddest I have ever seen in a whisky - almost like cola. On the nose we have black cherries, charred oak, Angostura bitters, buttermilk and dark cocoa. Blackberries, dates and plums. Walnut. Smoked paprika. Water explodes the cask even more with big fat oak, sherry and spice. A little closed, and yes the cask dominates the malt, but satisfyingly rich.

Hot on the palate with huge oak, more spices (smoked paprika again but also cayenne and cumin) and very dark fruits (dates, prunes, sultanas). Creamy. Very herbal with mint, fennel and thyme. Extremely rich Oloroso here. Amazingly, the cask is more balanced with the malt here on the palate than on the nose, especially with water.

The finish is oaky with more Angostura bitters, chili spices and very dark chocolate. If you love your sherry bombs, then by God look no further. Although the light fruity malt that is Macallan is missed here, you can't beat this sherry cask, which (like the Double Cask 12 Year Old) shows no trace of sulphur. Surprisingly, this never feels like it's 60.1% ABV. Highly recommended if you can find it!

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13 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Great review!

This is truly an excellent expression, and I'm glad I picked up a couple before they were gone. If not for @paddockjudge in 2014 I could have had 6 more, but then again, if not for him, I'd never have tried it or looked for them.

Although I've expanded my horizons a lot since I started, sherry bombs were my first love in whisky. Though I have lots of Bladnoch and A'Bunadh, this one has some sort of prune note or other dried dark fruit that I've only found in Macallan CS.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

Macallan CS was the first whisky that I found to be incredibly freakin' awesome when I started trying different styles at little café tastings here in Madison around 2009. For a long time, it was the whisky that I fantasized about splashing out for if I could ever afford that huuuuge price tag.

It was $60.

I never bought one.

about one year ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@MadSingleMalt Yikes! I've bought more than a few bottles of Pikesville rye for about $60 (Canadian)....which I admit I probably shouldn't be doing...

about one year ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@talexander,

Macallan Cask Strength is made "in the Void of Infinity in the Castle of Eternity". It truly transcends Time, It is NAS.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@talexander
talexander commented

@paddockjudge And you, sir, are a gentleman, a scholar and a poet.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@talexander,

...and hopefully, someday, Macallan will repair its Chronosphere....before the new distillery opens?

about one year ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@paddockjudge One can only hope... Who knows what will come from the new stills?

about one year ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@Nozinan My predication? Spirit that is run off too fast and bottled too soon. But I hope I'm wrong. I still feel that great Macallan is some of the greatest whisky bottled, and I can only hope that newer Macallan will become something like its former self.

about one year ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@talexander I hope so too, but I worry that the number of distilleries choosing tradition of quality over big bucks is shrinking. We lost Bladnoch, Bruichladdich.... what's next?

about one year ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@Nozinan Did we? I reserve judgement until I taste some new Bladnochs, Port Charlottes or Octomores. After all, anything is possible.

about one year ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@talexander I would say that even if the quality remains acceptable, the price has gone up so the tradition has still been lost...

about one year ago 0

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist commented

The first whisky with which I had my "WHAT IN THE BABY BLUE BLAZES" moment.

Older bottle when they had the 10 still on it.

Slightly north of 58%

Spectacular

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