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The Macallan


“The Rolls Royce of Single Malts” is a title often bestowed upon The Macallan.

From its efforts to secure Golden Promise barley and its insistence upon small stills to its love affair with sherry ageing (always in dry oloroso casks, shipped unbroken from Spain), Macallan has a clear view of its standards.

In the big, heavily sherried style, there is no malt more widely acknowledged than The Macallan. It is the classic example of this type of Speyside whisky.

The first licenced distillation at Macallan is said to have taken place in the earliest days of legalised production, in 1824. In 1892, the business passed into the hands of the family who still manage Macallan and have a major share in the company.

Producer: Macallan
Region: Highlands
House style: Big-bodied, oaky, sherryish, flowery. After Dinner.
Colour: Amber.
Nose: Sherry, honey, flowery notes.
Body: Full, smooth.
Palate: The first hints of flowering currant. Altogether more expressive.
Finish: Slightly more rounded.
Score: 91
Source: Michael Jackson’s Malt Whisky Companion