The Classic Cut series was launched by Macallan in 2017 and might be considered on homage to the Macallan from an era gone by – before the launch of the Fine Oak when bourbon casks made their introduction here. It’s a yearly returning limited release that matured solely on sherry casks. Sherry seasoned casks, to be clear. It is bottled at cask strength. Mine, from 2019, sports 52.9% ABV.
The first thing I notice is the oak! Unexpected and not what I was hoping for. But leave it to breathe for five minutes and all is well. More than well, in fact, it turns wonderfully aromatic on fresh figs, strawberries, dates and stewed quince. Give it even more time and it turns a bit candy-like. Red lace candy and fruit roll ups.
Spicy and mouth coating. Creamy in fact. The taste offers sultanas, red fruit in a stew and loads of spices. Baker’s spices, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and even some black pepper.
In the finish is where this malt shows the most sherry influence. Long, spicy and drying, but leaving you with a sticky mouth full of candied syrup.
This will set you back some 125 EUR, but it is money well spent. Absolutely great Macallan. The Classic Cut 2020 was just launched, but I had the good fortune of getting hold of this bottle.