American and European Oloroso Sherry-seasoned oak casks really increase The Macallan’s complexity with sweet aromas and inviting flavors in the distillery’s Double Cask range. The Double Cask Gold, previously known as The Macallan Gold, is an entry-level malt for this Spanish-infused signature style.
A straightforward set of aromas filled with youthful vitality, golden apples, lemon citrus oil, and honeycomb held together by a suave vanilla scent makes this expression a beauty for the category.
The palate is not overly coating but round and attractive with malty aromas and flavors that remind you of golden apples, dehydrated lemon, roasted almonds, and raw honey. A clean set of oak spice flavors from the Oloroso casks: charred cinnamon, and ginger round up the experience.
Honeycomb sweetness and mild spices permeate a long finish, leaving a faint hickory smoke aftertaste. What you would expect from the youngest expression of Sherry oaked Macallan malt.
Sip or skip?
Great value right here, and the gateway to The Macallan’s renowned Double Cask collection, a fantastic golden malt with fruit and spice, citrus, and just the right amount of smoke. The Macallan Double Cask Gold is a great entry-level single malt, but it will undoubtedly please the most seasoned palate.
Other Macallan expressions to try
The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is an obvious next step in your path towards single malt discovery. A very similar flavor profile but greater depth and length. This is an amped-up version of The Macallan Double Cask Gold but made with the same mold.