...but is it really so? The only way to measure this is to check the result, the final product. Yes, the new make Macallan from this industrial operations site can be tasted earliest from 2028 onwards (unless they release an underaged edition what I doubt) - but the new owners are in charge since 1999 so it is fair to say that this most recent 12-years old release is exclusively produced under their regime. And guess what it is: A dull, two-dimensional and absolutely sub-standard whisky that I would not drink even if someone gifted me a bottle...
This nose is immature on feinty (cheesy/sweaty) and strange chemical aromas on top of a rather "unfinished" modern sherry profile (as if someone rushed the sherry to finish its job ahead of schedule). This all is really disgusting and usually such things come from both rushing the spirit distillation (including more feints through either later cut-off points or higher distillation temperatures) and fastening sherry cask "seasoning" (the casks contain sherry for just several months instead of years). I prefer to drink this dram (if I have to) with a kept shut nose, really!
The taste is sweet on simple sugars and ordinary sherry notes (little else) and woody on tannins (little else). It is neither layered nor balanced - it is just very simple and not even a shadow of the mighty dram that made Macallan famous decades ago. Actually, I prefer most other Scottish distilleries over this dram these days… Water even worsens the nose and flattens the taste so forget this option, too!
The initial mouthfeel is warming but not coating at all with an unpleasant drying-astringent feeling. The finish is of medium length and simple as the taste with a bitter-drying end.
What else to say? Give me back my beloved old Macallan style - or to say it honestly: Invest more in quality and less in marketing!!!