The Macallan has announced the release of their latest expression: The Macallan 40 Years Old 2017. Exclusively matured in hand-picked Oloroso sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, Spain, this highly limited release is the testament to The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks; transforming the rich, fruity and full-bodied ‘new make’ spirit into a single malt of great richness and character.
Once distilled, the precious spirit was laid down to mature for 40 years in our exceptional oak casks. It is these casks that are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural color and distinctive aromas and flavors which lie at the heart of this rare Macallan single malt Whisky.
Crafted from an intriguing combination of three casks – a European oak sherry butt, a European oak sherry hogshead and an American oak sherry butt – The Macallan Sherry Oak 40 years old is a rich and complex Whisky, displaying a natural deep copper color.
This 2017 release will be available from December 2017 onwards, spanning the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa and will also be available in exclusive airport retail stores worldwide and at The Macallan Distillery.
With a color that’s reminiscent of deep copper, the Whisky has an ABV of 44.00%. On the nose it is resplendent with aromas of sultanas with gingers and wood spice, as the scent develops, a background of sweet cinnamon and citrus begins to emerge.
On the palate, this expression opens with soft cinnamon spices, quickly developing into a mouth coating of dates and figs. The finish is long, rich with a lingering cinnamon spice.
According to the Macallan: “All color in The Macallan Whiskies, bottled by the distillery, is natural. Only the interaction of the ‘new make’ spirit with the oak of the maturation casks delivers the rich and natural diversity of color throughout the range, from light oak through to darkest mahogany. These natural colors remain ‘fixed’, as opposed to artificial color which fades relatively quickly in bright sunlight. Great skill is required by the Master Whisky Maker to achieve consistency of natural color from bottling to bottling.”
“Our exceptional oak casks are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colors and distinctive aromas and flavors of The Macallan. These oak casks are crafted to our own specifications and account for up to 80% of the final aromas and flavors of The Macallan. Because of this, we spend more per cask than any other distillery in sourcing, crafting, seasoning and caring for its casks.”
With their latest offering, the Macallan is sure to pique the attention of Scotch Whisky connoisseurs the world over. In time, we will come to know whether or not the expression goes down as yet another classic one for this most esteemed of distilleries.