Macallan 15yr embraces the changing of the tides in Scotch whiskey and the ultimate supply chain wrinkle: a shortage of sherry casks with which to work. As a result, the brand is now transitioning most of its releases to feature maturation in both sherry casks, and ex-bourbon casks. This bottling represents that transition, with a 15yr Scotch aged in both, married together and bottled after proofing. Is it still worthy of the Macallan name (and price)? Let's dive in.
Sweet cream, rich honey, and a generous helping of sherry fruit and character. A touch of astringency on the nose, paired with peppered nuts, ginger, orange peel, stewed fruits, raisin bread and honey.
Moderate mouthfeel, bordering on heavy viscosity, impressive presence on the palate. Sweet cream, toffee, caramel candies, raisin bread, fig and blackberry. Tobacco, pungent, musty sherry.
Long finish, rich and full of funky sherry character and then it's off. Strangely complex, completely enjoyable.
Well, this is a surprise. For how far the 12yr Sherry Oak and Double Cask have fallen in recent years, the 15yr Double Cask stands tall with no shortage of flavor. If you're buying Macallan, this is the one to pick up.