NAS or not - the Mac here I like very much. A slightly more powerful finish, a bit more depth - then it would be an outstanding single malt, completely independent of the used barrels or the possible age. So the great taste is of course a hefty price, which makes it impossible to certify here a good price / performance ratio. Nevertheless, the Chairman's release is a really nice whisky, which would certainly find many friends - if it were easier to obtain.
So here the malt has already taken me, that did not take long. Wonderful sherry nose, lovely. Gentle, sweet and yet more expressive than expected. Red berries, light milk chocolate, some honey and sweetened grapes. In the background discreet, slightly stronger and harsher aromas, which I assign the light oak note. The salivation begins almost immediately, which is like an amuse gueule for the nose. Wow.
The malt is also here as sweet as in the nose. Feeling honey, grapes, red berries and a little vanilla is really sweet. Slowly, some oak moves forward in the background, the Macallan now looks much more mature, older. Nevertheless, despite the oak, a predominantly sweet mouthfeel remains, which is downright dangerously "tasty". The rather weak 43% Vol. I do not really disturbing here, the Malt also has enough character. However, it takes one or two moments to really put his power together with expression on the tongue.
Here, the spicy oak plays its strengths, without inclining to bitterness. Sweetish and spicy and with good will medium length, the finish shows, would certainly have hurt a few percentage points more alcohol. So you have to resist the temptation to take the next sip, like a pack of your favorite candy.