I think it is fair to say we do like a dram or two of Macallan here at BEXSONN. However, this expression is perhaps a little unusual, even for us. The Macallan Classic Cut – 2018 Release is the first in a new series of annual releases that celebrate Macallan’s ongoing commitment to seek out the extraordinary and in doing so, create whiskies of unique character. Offering a special take on The Macallan. The first in a new annual release of the Classic Cut was introduced in 2017. This 2018 release is matured exclusively in hand-picked sherry seasoned American and European oak casks from Jerez, Spain and then bottled to perfectly unlock its unique flavour profile, this limited release offers a special and memorable take on The Macallan.
On the nose: there’s a waft of oranges, closely followed by chocolate, toffee and vanilla. These initial notes are followed by strong suggestions of cinnamon, spices, lemon zest, nutmeg and ginger bread biscuits. Notes of brown sugar, madeira cake and a hing of a meaty note start to emerge. Completing the nose are notes of rosemary, stewed apples and golden syrup. On the palate: those spicy notes of ginger and cinnamon are ever-present, alongside notes of green herbs and marmalade. There are notes of cracked black pepper and bitter dark chocolate floating around. Rounding-off the palate are notes of coffee, aniseed, oak and a waxy bergamot note. The finish: is medium/long, dry, with lingering notes spices, oak and bitter dark chocolate.
The verdict: This 2018 release Classic Cut reminds me a lot of the Fine Oak but with more intensity! Its nose is rather delightful and the palate can appear to be a bit overbearing, however, leaving it to breathe for around 10 minutes yields more lighter, fruitier notes. The Macallan Classic Cut 2018 has an ABV of 51.2%, so it perhaps does require a little water. This whisky is perhaps a little different from the typical Sherry bombs that I’ve sampled from Macallan but it nonetheless still showcases their skill in creating beautiful non-age statement drops of liquid gold.
The Macallan Classic Cut 2018 Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found at any well-stock whisky shop for approximately £120.
For more information on this Classic Cut expression, visit the official Macallan website.