The Macallan Double Cask 15 Year Old (43% ABV) and Double Cask 18 Year Old (43% ABV) have both been produced using whisky matured in a combination of American and European oak sherry seasoned casks.
|The Macallan Double Cask Range|
These two new releases now join the brands Double Cask 12 Years Old bottling, which launched in 2016.
Double Cask, is said to tell the story of a journey which brings together two different worlds. The voyage begins in the vast green forests of northern Spain and the French Pyrenees, where The Macallan sources its European oak.
New oak from the lush forests of Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky in America is also transported thousands of miles to Spain, where both types of oak are hand crafted into casks that are filled with sherry.
Once seasoned, the casks are shipped to The Macallan Estate on Speyside where they are filled with new-make spirit. Following years of slumber, The Macallan’s Whisky Mastery Team use their skill and expertise to select the best balance of spirit from both the American and European oak sherry seasoned casks to create Double Cask.
Commenting on the news, Kirsteen Campbell, Master Whisky Maker at The Macallan, said: “Bringing together American and European oak sherry seasoned casks to achieve the perfect balance of flavours is incredibly exciting for the Whisky Mastery Team, and we are proud to offer two new expressions to this distinctive range for The Macallan Double Cask fans to explore.”
She went onto say: “With Double Cask 15 Years Old, the delicate and indulgent flavours of American oak including honey, citrus and chocolate balance The Macallan’s more traditional characteristics of rich fruits, sherry and wood spice. The Macallan Double Cask 18 Years Old offers slightly more complexity, with rich raisin and sultana subtly balanced by warming oak spice. Oak influence is the single greatest contributor to the quality, natural colour and distinctive aromas and flavours at the heart of The Macallan’s single malts.”
The Macallan Double Cask 15 Year Old and Double Cask 18 Year Old, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for the respective RRP’s of £100.00 and £250.00.
Posted by Steve Rush