A very solid indy Macallan with a great arrival and an excellent balanced finish. 17 years in cask seems to have been just right for this liquid – the interplay between spirit and wood is spot on for my liking. It’s not the most complex of animals out there, but all the individual flavour components work very well with each other. Being bottled in 2005 means this is long sold out alas – but I’ve seen a few at auction (that’s where I obtained mine a while back). If you can find this for a fair price then it’s certainly one to consider taking a punt on.
Deep and substantive. An immediate waft of chocolate, cocoa nibs and rum soaked raisins sends us on our journey into rich sherry territory. Lighter notes of caramelised orange segments and cherries provide an uplift before we hit the aromas of cask influence – light polish, old books, cinnamon and sandalwood. There’s some sourness here and a real meaty dimension – akin to a rich reduced gravy.
A wonderful vivid arrival with all the Christmas cake goodness you’d expect. Dark rum, chocolate and a healthy dash of black pepper and cinnamon. Festive stuff. On the back of the palate the sourness remains, and sits alongside an earthy quality which is with all its moist woody soil comes across as quite dunnage warehouse.
Long and combining both sweet and sour with a lick of bitterness and sea salt.