...and to be honest, this "real" style is the one and only I really enjoy when it comes down to Macallan. This is an extremely quaffable dram (if you can forget the actual price tag for a moment) but it is not the greatest Macallan I tasted so far. As a drinker I rather leave this for collectors and investors and go for other ("real") Macallan releases.
The colour is auburn and the nose offers a sensational old style sherry profile with the malt aromas almost on par - which creates a textbook balanced sherried malt. The wood is perfect as a backbone but never tires to dominate. Great stuff to sniff, even if the complexity is a little limited compared to other excellent old sherried malts.
The taste is perfectly balanced too with the holy whisky trinity of malt, sherry and wood in great harmony. No flaw or off-note that I can find but a lot of delicious flavours. The layers are not clearly separated which limits somewhat the investigation results but it is extremely quaffable, no doubt.
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate but the mouthfeel is not the greatest, to be honest. The finish is medium to long and adds some more spicy-bitter wooden notes without distracting moments. Water is not needed.