The Macallan does it again, showing their cask selection mastery. This time using Sherry seasoned American and European oak casks, most of them first-fill. Less than 1% of the casks in the distillery’s collection make the cut for this marvelous blend designed to bring forward oak richness rather than fruit.
The Macallan Rare Cask has a very forwarding vanilla scent complemented by warm oak spices: hazelnut, nutmeg and clove. A dried fruit core reminiscent of caramelized figs merges with citrus undertones of dried orange peels, making it very pleasing indeed.
This is a rich, full-bodied malt with a palate-coating personality. Layers of flavors, from which vanilla paste and chocolate stand out, are closely followed by the refreshing taste of orange peel oil and the faintest sandalwood aftertaste.
This lively single malt expression has a medium to long finish dominated by oak spices, hazelnut, nutmeg, clove and just a whiff of dried, grated coconut, proper of fine American oak casks.
Sip or skip?
This very expressive malt shows The Macallan’s strength — their expertise in selecting oak casks. Sip if you’re into spicy malts and the scents of brown, warm spices, then you’ll love the Rare Cask. Skip, if you prefer expressions with a stronger honeyed malt characters and fruit aromas, you won’t find them here.
Other Macallan expressions to try
The Macallan Sherry Oak 18 Years Old is another accomplished malt with dominating oak flavors; expect a similar profile from the Sherry casks and a creamy palate. Both the Rare Cask and the Years Old celebrate The Macallan’s obsession to source the finest barrels.