Blessed by the spice and nut aromas from 30 years in used Oak Sherry vats, this mature expression of the highlands brims with orange peels, dried apricot, chamomile, and saffron aromas. All over a nut and dried fruit-infused palate dusted with spices for a long, layered finish. The most luxurious expression in The Macallan’s Sherry aged range is worthy of any collection, and while intriguing, it’s balanced and easily enjoyable.
This 30-year-old masterpiece is all about the citrus peels, dried apricots, dried flower undertones, and warm, layered brown spices. It brings forward the generous aromas from the used Sherry casks and combines them with the rich and luscious mouthfeel of a proper highland single malt. Without a doubt, the single best expression of Sherry matured malts.
Texturally, the Macallan Sherry Oak 30 Years Old is bold and concentrated, but elegant and silken smooth. The dried fruit flavors and the brown spices extend long from the mid-palate into a two-minute finish of pure bliss — definitely a contemplative malt to savor slowly as it unfolds in the glass.
Long and silky, the finish you might expect from a well-concentrated malt that has leached all the potential from high-quality, hand-picked Sherry oak casks and combine them in unison. The dried fruit aftertaste infused with brown winter spices is heartwarming and comforting.
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If you enjoy the unique spices from Sherry casks, then you’ll love the Macallan Sherry Oak 30 Years Old. It’s the purest expression of the marriage between the highland malts and the Spanish fortified wine. Expect warm flavors and layered aromas that evolve in the glass. This bottle might be high priced, but a must for everyone who favorsfall spices and aromatic warmth. For US$6,000, you can’t settle for anything less than the best, and the Macallan 30 delivers.
Other Macallan expressions to try
For a more affordable expression of Sherry aged Macallan, with similar autumn flavors and spice warmth, the Sherry Oak 18 Years Old is a great alternative. The depth of flavor is not as overwhelming, but you still get a very good idea of what a proper Sherry-infused malt is all about.