The Macallan 1824 Series Ruby
The Macallan // Highlands, Scotland
Not afraid of the shortage that concerns many Scottish distilleries, Macallan has invested in new facilities and, more importantly for us tasting now, created a new range in 2012: The 1824 Series. At its core, we have four colors equating to four ways to play with the wood. The Ruby edition is a 100% 1st fill sherry cask expression, and the oak is exclusively European. A pure, classic Speyside style, Macallan has been kind enough to cut it at 43% and not 40% as they do for the three other styles of The 1824 Series.
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.
Cask TypeFirst Fill Eurpopean Oak Sherry Cask
"Obviously the color is dark and invites one to think of red fruits. Not a bad idea since I get on the nose plenty of dry fruits like prunes and raisins, but also dark chocolate and tobacco. On the mouth, the body is actually lighter than you would expect, but also spicier, with cinnamon and almost chili pepper. Then it comes back to the dry fruits and chocolate listed above, before showing more caramel aromas, without being over sweet. This is a complex whisky that is constantly evolving and changing its profile. In a very good way. "