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This is the first Macallan in my cabinet thus far, and it is undoubtedly a bold one. The nose is an immediate, lingering burst of sherry, dripping with cinnamon-dusted raisins. The body is rich and syrupy, sherry dominating the palate as it does the nose. Again, spices brighten the profile—cinnamon, clove, perhaps even nutmeg. A bit of water helps open this wound-up whisky somewhat, revealing a taste of caramel beneath the surface. The finish is long and generous.
I enjoy this dram, especially in the late evening, but I do not find it has the subtlety or complexity of the Aberlour A'bunadh, for instance. The syrupy sherry of The Macallan Cask Strength is lovely, initially, but becomes too much too quickly, needing something to temper it. A good drink on a cold night, certainly, but best in small doses.