The Macallan Estate – named Easter Elchies – is 485 hectares and can be found along the Spey. Master Blender Sarah Burgess was inspired by the estate to create this NAS expression, distilled from barley grown in the own fields. The whisky got a very exclusive packaging meant to convince the consumer to fork over around 215 EUR. Not sure if it was a huge success for this expression can still easily be found in shops.
The nose is wonderfully aromatic with lots of sherry influences in the guise of nutmeg, cinnamon and caramelized nuts, orange oil and some banana flambéed. Lots of sweet malt, a hint of dark honey and dried fruits. But it is all so soft and friendly.
On the palate the nuts and candied ginger come first, followed by milk chocolate, leather and raisins. Cinnamon and nutmeg return, followed by dry oak and orange peel. Buttered toast and freshly ground coffee. All in all quite good, in fact, but again soft and friendly.
The finish is very good. Long, spicy, warming with beautiful notes of oranges at the death.
A very pleasant surprise bar the price. But really, no need to beat around the bush, this is delicious.