The Macallan Sienna 1824 Series
The Macallan // Highlands, Scotland
The Macallan 1824 Series puts an emphasis on the color and flavor pulled from seasoned sherry casks. Sienna is one of these whiskies, sitting between the lighter Amber and darker Ruby. The distillery is borderline obsessive compulsive when it comes to wood management. In fact, they’ve funded studies to find out how important their oak is to the aromas and flavors inherent in their whiskies. The results? Smoking is bad for you and their extraordinary wood casks are extremely important.
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.
"A balanced light nose with sprinkles of vanilla, oak and orange saves its punch for the palate with a roundhouse blast of citrus peels and spice. These flavors do calm down into sherry, figs and the gentle vanilla from the nose. The citrus peel comes back in the finish but this time it’s restrained and refined as if it has learned a lesson and wants to apologize. A hint of cigarette tobacco punctuates the last moments before your second sip."