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The Macallan

Region: Highlands
District: Speyside

The Macallan Distillery is located about a mile west of Craigellachie in Morayshnire just a short distance uphill from the Spey River. Though officially licensed in 1824, illicit whisky distilling was being conducted on this site much earlier. The high quality and resulting large demand for this "Rolls-Royce of Single Malts," as it is sometimes referred to, has necessitated expansion of the distillery on several occasions. Its production capacity was doubled in 1965, and an additional nine stills were added in 1975. Its total of twenty-one small stills (some say smaller is better), the insistence of maturing their whisky exclusively in sherry casks, and an excellent management team have led to the production of one of the finest and fastest growing single malts in the world.

12 year old

Proof 86
Color Amber
Nose Flowery, sherry, with honey.
Body Smooth, but full.
Palate Dry sherried, with flowers, and a hint of honey. Full and well-rounded.
Finish Round and lingering. Quite long, with lingering sherry.

18 year old

Proof 86
Color Dark amber.
Nose Plenty of sherry-sweetness with a good bouquet. A hint of wood and vanilla.
Body Full and round.
Palate Sweet and full. Quite complex with patience yielding sherry, vanilla-sweetness and spices.
Finish Long and lingering. Assertive with some sherry, sweetness and wood.

25 year old

Proof 86
Color Darker still than the 12 or 18 year-olds.
Nose Full. Some peat comes through and some oak, along with the sherry.
Body Full and round.
Palate The smokiness reveals itself, even through the obvious oakiness. It can be very complex, revealing a different character at ano
Finish Long, and drier than the 18-year-old. Some very interesting comparisons have been made between the 18 and 25 year-old Macallans.

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