We’ve tried our fair share of Macallan scotch and have pretty much posted tasting notes on a wide range of their expressions, but for sometime we’ve wanted to try the 10-year-old sherry cask expression. As you will have likely heard us mention before, The Macallan is the third largest selling single malt scotch in the world and Macallan’s Scotch whisky is, primarily, matured in oak seasoned with sherry brought to the distillery from Jerez, Spain. The sherry cask finish scotch from Macallan is what could be considered their core age-statement range. The 10yo expression had long been part of this core range until it was discontinued in 2013. This expression has been matured exclusively in oak sherry casks from Spain to deliver a deep, rich, deliciously smooth and well-rounded flavour with a slight sweetness and touch of sherry and wood.
On the nose: you’ll experience an initial waft of dried mixed fruits (raisins) and vanilla. After a couple of swirls notes of brown sugar and a hint of toffee starts to emerge, alongside a whisper of lemon zest, ginger stem and some tropical notes. Notes of cinnamon, white pepper, nutmeg and mixed spices start to appear alongside, some green herbaceous notes. Completing the nose are subtle notes of honey, marmalade, cardamom and a leathery note. On the palate: those sweet oranges notes are present, followed by vanilla, brown sugar and those dried fruit notes. Those spices nosed start to emerge in the form of cinnamon, white pepper, nutmeg and mixed spices. After a swirl in the glass and going back for more, notes of lemongrass start to appear, followed by aniseed, marzipan, with a hint of milk chocolate and honey. Rounding-off the palate are notes of oatmeal, a hint of mint, creme brûlée and some floral notes. The finish: is short/medium, zesty, with lingering mixed dried fruits, wood spices, herbs and nuttiness.
The verdict: Macallan as a brand are so well revered around the world and on evidence of this 10-year-old from the sherry cask range, it’s not hard to see why. This is a Scotch that on the nose is rather rich and complex but with a palate that is rather light and somewhat lets you down a bit. It is a delightfully easy drinking dram, with some wonderful light but could do with a bit more punch in the palate department. With an ABV of 40%, this is probably not a Scotch that I’d suggest adding water to but would recommend leaving it for a few minutes in the glass to open up a little bit more.
The Macallan Sherry Cask 10-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky as mentioned is now discontinued, however you can find it at online whisky auctions, but be prepared to pay upwards of £150. For more information on this 10-year-old expression, visit themacallan.com.