Whiskies aged in first-fill Sherry butts are especially so, and those drawn entirely from such sherried stock are invariably known as “sherry bombs” for the potent flavors the malt whisky has derived from its time spent mingling with the sherry-soaked wood. The ‘Sherried’ character, therefore, is down to the Sherry itself, but also oxidation and the way in which the Sherry has interacted with and changed compounds in the oak. All of these then interact over time with the maturing spirit.
The Sherry and wood form a pincer movement that stamps out distillery character or any sense of identity in the distillate itself. For me, a great Sherry-matured malt should possess a balance between distillery identity, fruitiness, earthiness and a lick of spice. Sherry bombs almost always eschew this tightrope balance in favour of heat, density and aggression of wood flavor.
This Whisky straddles the existing Sherry Oak and Fine Oak ranges by being a mix of spirit matured in both European and American oak sherry casks.
Double Cask is a 12 year old expression with a distinct taste profile from the Sherry Oak 12 year. 100% Matured in Sherry Season Casks and the highest proportion of American Oak in any Macallan release.
ABV%: 40. Color: Harvest Sun
Earthy sherry and old leather on the nose, with toffee, polished oak and cherry blossom. Creamy butterscotch with a hint of toffee apple, candied orange, vanilla custard and newly felled oak.
Medium to full-bodied, with sherry, orange, cocoa, nutty vanilla, and developing wood spices on the honeyed palate. Deliciously honeyed, wood spices and citrus, balanced with raisins and caramel.
The finish is creamy, with insistent spices, cocoa, and tangy oak. Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying.
Balance, Body & Feel
This whisky imparts particularly mellow vanilla flavors during maturation. The result is a balanced and refined whisky which exudes toffee sweetness, vanilla, citrus and chocolate flavors. The classic Macallan style and the unmistakable sweetness of American oak. This is a fully rounded single malt in perfect balance, with flavors of honey, citrus and ginger.