There are not many Macallan expressions we haven’t tasted, yet this more readily available Rare Cask is something we have yet to sample since it was first introduced a good few years ago. It is said, the Rare Cask is crafted from the finest and rarest sherry seasoned oak casks, unearthed by The Macallan Whisky Mastery Team using their knowledge, skill, passion, and creativity in their quest to seek out the extraordinary. This non-age statement single malt whisky reveals the some of the art and science behind the selecting of unique oak casks that exhibit a distinctive and complex flavour profile. They were curated for maturation by The Macallan Master of Wood and delivered to the exacting specifications of The Macallan Whisky Mastery Team to create Rare Cask. This luxurious expression highlights the magic and science in The Macallan’s intricate whisky making process, as the whisky maker identifies the exceptional oak casks which impart the intense and highly complex flavour profile.
On the nose: there’s a lovely waft of plums, dried fruits, currants, liquorice and dark chocolate. These initial notes are closely followed by cinnamon, start anise, stem ginger and cloves. Notes of oranges, toffee apple, prunes and a hint of zest start to appear, alongside, white pepper and old leather. Completing the nose are notes of poached pears, parma violets, mint, a hint of herbs and lavender. On the palate: those notes of currants, dried fruit and prunes are ever-present, followed by notes of liquorice, plums and dark chocolate. Notes of all-spice start to appear, alongside cinnamon, cloves, peppermint and star anise. Rounding-off the palate are notes of bergamot, espresso, green herbs, old leather, zest and a hint of truffle oil. The finish: is long, bittersweet and mildly spicy with lingering notes of dark stewed fruits and herbs.
The verdict: This 2020 Rare Cask expression displays classic Macallan notes with every sip. The nose to palate are a joy, with a the finish that just reinforces the palate. The Macallan Rare Cask 2020 has an ABV of 43%. 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 Rare Cask 2020 Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found online or in-store at any well-stocked whisky shop for approximately £240. For more information on this Rare Cask expression, visit the official Macallan website.