The Macallan Select Oak is part of the distillery’s 1824 Collection, and it’s the result of blending five unique oak casks. Released for travel retail, this is a coveted bottle and the favorite for whiskey lovers who prefer a lighter malt style. A classic Macallan profile but rounded to extreme smoothness.
Warm and comforting, The Macallan Select Oak has a crowd-pleasing nose of pastries, butterscotch, and vanilla, with slight cinnamon scents and a solid malty base redolent of dried summer fruits.
On the palate, the aromas are accentuated with an almost sweet taste of burnt caramel, butterscotch, and lots of permeating vanilla. A coating, creamy mouthfeel is smooth and deep — liquid gold right here, folks.
The sweet oak spices linger long on the palate, but it’s the vanilla aftertaste and honeyed taste that leaves an impression.
Sip or skip?
Deciding to make a smoother and rounder expression, The Macallan Select Oak has no sharp edges; it’s pure coating bliss of sweet baking aromas. Caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla dominate this special edition; there are no pungent spices of overpowering smoke, just well-integrated brown flavors, and aromas from the first nose to the aftertaste.
Other Macallan expressions to try
Another astounding malt putting caramel and sweet oak in the spotlight is definitely The Macallan Double Cask Gold, which was once The Macallan Select Oak’s stablemate in the 1824 Collection.
If you’re all about the warm flavors of vanilla and oaky caramel, you’ll love the Double Cask Gold. This style shows The Macallan’s gentler side, and it’s an excellent gateway for more exciting darker malts.