The Macallan brand is famous, so much so, that it sells hundreds of thousands of barrels each year across its large collection of single malt Scottish whiskies. The distillery was founded in 1824 and since then has built up a large demand through its reputation and status as a well-sought-after whisky production facility. They are known for always storing and aging their whiskies in the highest quality of casks, giving each label complexity. If you want to get your hands on some of the best that Macallan has to offer but get value out of your purchase, consider the 5 choices below.
The Macallan Classic Cut Limited Edition is a truly timeless single malt scotch whisky, and is exclusively prepared in oak casks, seasoned from sherry, from the Spanish city of Jerez. Classified as a Highland single malt scotch whisky, great pains have been taken in order to truly showcase the eccentric flavours of this spirit.
Its colour is reminiscent of an autumn sunset, and boasts equally reminiscent scents and flavours, demanding some personal time for its enjoyment. As you raise your glass, you’ll detect a mixture of vanilla custard, sweet ginger and fresh oak. Raise your glass further and you’ll get a complimentary taste of caramel with hints of orange zest and warm nutmeg. The finish will last long after you’ve set this whisky down again, leaving a warm, sweet taste in your mouth until you’re ready for another sip. Although the Macallan Classic Cut Limited Edition is the most expensive on this list, reaching $399 Reg. or $299 on discount for a 70 CL bottle at 51.2% ABV, this whisky is a true indulgence of the senses.
The Macallan Amber 1824 Series can be found under the annual limited edition category as the 1824 Series exemplifies Macallan’s commitment to providing 100% natural colouring. It is blended and matured exclusively in Sherry oak casks from the Spanish city of Jerez, giving it a fully flavoured profile that hits stronger than its Gold counterpart but is more restrained in taste than the Sienna of the same series. It is classified as a Highland single malt scotch whisky that has a warm amber colour and comes with notes of vanilla and citrus fruits.
The Macallan Amber 1824 is polite to the nose at first but gains dominating presence as you take in the blend of floral, citrus, and vanilla notes. To the nose, you are going to get freshly harvested grain, cinnamon, raisins, and Sultana grapes. When sipped, fresh green apples will jump out at you, while lemon will mingle in behind with a hint of cinnamon. As these fade, ginger will hover and fruit will bring subtle oak spice with it. It can be enjoyed over an ice ball for a chilled consumption or you can add a splash of water to amplify the flavours. Coming in at $358.00 Reg. or $299.00 on discount, with a ABV of 40% and volume of 70CL, this single malt scotch whisky provides a fantastic twist on candy floss and toffee apples.
With a sunlight barley colouring, the Macallan Edition No.5 has a fresh and sweet aroma, providing your nose with hints of lemon basil, pear, ginger, nutmeg, toffee, vanilla, and hints of oak. To the tongue, it is sweet with caramel, has ripe pear and peach which is followed by sweet toffee, nutmeg, and oak spice. Every sip will provide you with a long and delicious finish. Coming in at $238.00 with a ABV of 48.5% and volume of 70CL, this single malt scotch whisky provides a multi-faceted, intricate, and exquisite experience.
The Macallan 12 Years Sherry Oak, is a 12-year matured scotch whisky that is blended exclusively in Oloroso from Sherry seasoned casks originating from the Spanish city of Jerez. It is classified as a Highland single malt scotch whisky that is rich in its gold colour and comes as a full-bodied spirit, that provides a well-balanced take on woodsmoke, spice, dried fruits, and sherry.
The rich golden coloured scotch whiskey is deliciously smooth on the tongue and is quite sweet to the nose. With a strong vanilla and sweet Sherry smell, the Macallan 12 Years Sherry Oak balances a hint of ginger with rich dried fruits, woodsmoke, and spices. With each sip, you are going to get complex and rich notes of spice and dried fruit alongside a well-balanced woodsmoke and a sweet toffee finish. It can be enjoyed over an ice ball that preserves the integrity of this single malt scotch whiskey or you can transport yourself to Spain with a Sherry Copa. Coming in at $168.00 Reg. or $143.00 on discount, with a ABV of 40% and volume of 70CL, this is one of the best Sherry oak single malts around.
The Macallan 12 Triple Cask, formerly known as the Fine Oak 12 Years Old, is a 12-year matured scotch whiskey that is blended from three individually matured spirits. It is classified as a Highland single malt scotch whisky that is light, yet vibrant in colour and comes bursting with a fresh flavour profile. The blended spirits come from American and European casks, two of which are Sherry seasoned oak casks and the third being an ex-bourbon oak cask.
This rich, straw coloured scotch whisky is extraordinarily smooth on the tongue and complex to one’s sense of smell. With complex hints of melon, lemon, and vanilla, the Macallan 12 Triple Cask Matured balances a full lemon citrus profile with vanilla, toasted oak, and nutmeg. On each sip you may come away with the lingering tastes of fresh oak, oak spice, papaya, and melon, giving you a fresh and punchy burst. It can be enjoyed over an ice ball that preserves the light notes and gold colouring or it can provide a dry yet fruity variation on the New York Sour.
The exceptional oak casks that the Macallan 12 Triple Cask Matured is blended from are what define and contribute the distinctive coloring, flavours, and aromas noted above. Coming in at $160.00 Reg. or $143.00 on discount, with a ABV of 40% and volume of 70CL, this delicate scotch whisky provides incredible value.