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Macallan Rare Cask

  • Distiller:

    Macallan

  • Bottler:

    Macallan

  • ABV:

    43%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 98
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Don't drink this as your opening act - it would be unfair to most anything served after it.
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  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: The Macallan Rare Cask is disappointing. There’s a strange oily character that runs through the whole whisky and I don’t mean that in the good kind of oily you get with a cask strength Non-Chill Filtered whisky. It’s more like a cooking oil made from dark fruit kind of a thing.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Overall, this is a status bottling with a little ledge to stand on. Macallan is operating at peak Macallan here - low proof, heavy sherry, a fancy name. At 50% this could be a monster, but as it sits now, it's pleasant but handicapped.
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  • Intro:

    Supposedly selected from Macallan's rarest sherry casks, this release comes with a hefty price tag and an even larger box, sitting in Macallan's premium NAS line of Scotch whiskeys.

  • Nose:

    Pungent sherry, blackberry, toffee, tobacco and pepper on the nose. A rich rollercoaster with tons going on.

  • Taste:

    Thin to medium on the palate - an interesting about face from the complexity and power of the nose, but there's a good deal of great flavor happening. Tootsie roll candies, plum, fig, cherry and pepper. This could certainly shine with a bump in proof - especially given the grandeur places on the bottling by the brand - but this could make a great introduction to Macallan, assuming money is no object.

  • Finish:

    Medium finish, a good deal of oak, tobacco, chocolate and stewed fruits. Not wildly complex, but entirely pleasant.

  • Overall:

    Overall, this is a status bottling with a little ledge to stand on. Macallan is operating at peak Macallan here - low proof, heavy sherry, a fancy name. At 50% this could be a monster, but as it sits now, it's pleasant but handicapped.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
  • Our in house critic rates spirits on a scale of 0-10 (10 best) and is aggregated the same as external sources
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