The marriage between Oloroso Spanish oak casks and more aromatic American oak barrels makes Macallan’s Double Cask range pure joy both in the nose and palate. The Macallan 12 Double Cask is perfectly balanced between the rich malt flavors and the oak spices for a complete experience towards what The Macallan single malt style is about.
Expect an intense core of butterscotch, honeycomb, and vanilla custard aromas seasoned with cinnamon, ginger, tobacco wrapper, and baking spices with the most charming candied citrus peel aromas in the background.
Unctuous and rich, palate-coating, and involved with charred oak flavors reminiscent of vanilla, crème caramel, honey, and spices with a fine candied citrus backbone extending long into the finish. This is a full-bodied malt with a rich, generous personality.
The finish is dominated by incredibly pleasing and heartwarming candied orange peels, oak spices, and vanilla along an extended, waxy aftertaste.
Sip or skip?
The combination of American and European oak barrels has been one of The Macallan’s greatest successes. It’s best shown in the mid-ranged Macallan 12 Double Cask, where the malt flavors are still present, nicely ornamented with oak’s warm spices, toffee, and vanilla. A truly enjoyable single malt with a New World feel.
Other Macallan expressions to try
For a similar expression blessed with both American and European oak, you can try the Macallan Double Cask Gold. It has a similar aromatic profile but a fresher mouthfeel redolent of citrus and golden apples and lighter on the spice.