We’ve tried our fair share of Macallan scotch and have pretty much posted tasting notes on their 12-year-old expressions, with the exception of this Double Cask expression. This 12yo double cask expression is not too dissimilar from that of their classic sherry cask expression, however, it marries this classic style with the sweet undertones of American oak – hence double cask. It’s said to be rather well-rounded and offers some well-balanced sweeter, crisper notes – otherwise not found in the classic 12yo expression.
On the nose: you’ll experience an initial waft of oranges, dried mixed fruits (raisins) and vanilla. After a couple of swirls notes of honey and a touch of citrus zest starts to emerge with a hint of marzipan and ginger stem. You’ll be able to smell notes of aniseed and the spiciness from the oak start to appear, followed by suggestions of toffee apple. Rounding off the nose are notes of caramel, light herbs and a hint of milk chocolate. On the palate: those sweet oranges notes are present, followed by vanilla, almonds and those ginger notes. Those spices nosed start to emerge, alongside some cinnamon. Tasting it again, notes of honey start to appear, followed by that , toffee apple note, with a hint of chocolate and nuttiness. The finish: is medium, sweet, with lingering mixed dried fruits, spices and smoke.
The verdict: Macallan as a brand are so well revered around the world and on evidence of this 12-year-old from the Double 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, not overly oaky but does lack a little in the mid-palate area. 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 Double Cask 12-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is available online or in well-stocked Whisky Shops, for approximately £60.
For more information on the Double Cask 12-year-old, visit the official Macallan website.