We’ve tried our fair share of Macallan scotch and have pretty much posted tasting notes on a wide range of their expressions, but we’ve yet to have tried their 18yo Triple Cask (formerly known as the Fine Oak). At the beginning of 2004, Macallan introduced a new product, the Fine Oak Series that was later re-branded as Triple Cask Matured. The Macallan Triple Cask Matured 18 Years Old forms part of our Triple Cask Matured range; a series of single malt whiskies crafted in a triple cask combination of European and American sherry seasoned oak casks and American ex-bourbon oak casks that have been exquisitely and expertly married together.
On the nose: you’ll experience an initial waft of oranges, raisins and vanilla. After a couple of swirls notes of maple syrup and poached pears starts to emerge with a hint of brown sugar, coconut and some more tropical notes. A few spicy notes start to appear alongside, cinnamon and nutmeg. Completing the nose are notes of candy sticks, lemongrass, toasted barley and a hint of milk chocolate. On the palate: those sweet oranges notes are present, followed by vanilla, maple syrup and those dried fruit notes. Those spices nosed start to emerge, alongside some cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Tasting it again, notes of lemongrass start to appear, followed by some tropical notes, marzipan, with a hint of chocolate and butterscotch. Rounding-off the palate are notes of oatmeal, a hint of mint, creme brûlée, some floral notes and parma violets. The finish: is long, sweet, with lingering mixed dried fruits, spices, herbs, nuttiness and a hint of smoke.
The verdict: Macallan as a brand are so well revered around the world and on evidence of this 18-year-old from the Triple Cask range, it’s not hard to see why. This is a Scotch that on the nose is rather rich and complex, with a palate that is rather spicy and fruitier than one would’ve thought. It is a delightfully balanced dram, with some wonderful light notes as well as some notes Macallan are well-known for. With an ABV of 43%, this is probably not a Scotch that I would add any water to but if you feel the need then only add in small quantities until it just right for you.
The Macallan Triple Cask 18-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is available online or in well-stocked Whisky Shops, for approximately £255. For more information on the Triple Cask 18-year-old, visit themacallan.com.