The Macallan Cask Strength
The Macallan // Highlands, Scotland
Aged entirely in ex-sherry casks, this non aged statement whisky is, as the name states, bottled at cask strength. This varies from batch to batch, but for the bottle being reviewed, it was 58.6% abv. Unfortunately for us, this has recently been discontinued at The Macallan, but for the time being, you can still see it on some retail shelves and back bars throughout the country.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"With additional water added, the nose was a bit closed off, but despite the high proof was ridiculously pleasant to sip. With a splash of cool water, the wine soaked oak came to life. Dark chocolate and leather, raisins and oranges, espresso and maple, all are found here. Don't be put off by the cloudiness in the whisky as this is a natural occurrence in non chill filtered whisky."