Distilled at Macallan and matured in Spanish sherry casks, Macallan Gold is bottled at 40% abv with no word on coloring or filtering.
Some rich sherry notes on the nose - fig, blackberry, musty tobacco and a hint of baking spice and cranberry. Light nuttiness and brown sugar.
Thin on the palate - extremely feeble. No ethanol, but not a lot of character, either. Light and sweet, there's some maple, pepper, light malt character and some fig and honey.
Short finish, it's gone before you know it. Very little character on the back palate as it wisps away.
A strong start gives way to a disappointing trajectory. Macallan Gold is a perfect business class whiskey - approachable and expensive, but not too expensive, and goes down entirely too easy. If you're looking for a great sherried dram, you'd do best to keep looking for something that can stand up for itself.