The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old & Edition No. 2

The Macallan is one of the most well-known and sought after whisky brands on Earth. And to quench this demand, the distillery has released two new whiskies, just in time for Christmas – The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old and The Macallan Edition No. 2.

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old – 40% ABV
The new Macallan Double Cask aims to combine the best of both worlds. Its created from the perfect balance of sherry seasoned European and American oak casks, resulting in a new interpretation of the signature 12 Year Old Macallan.

To achieve this, the distillery has brought new oak from America to Spain, where the casks are rebuilt and sherry seasoned, before travelling to Speyside to mature for 12 years. The liquid from these casks is then blended with those ages in the very best sherry seasons European oak casks.

The nose has an unmistakable echo of American oak, with lots of vanilla and a slight touch of smoke. But, the European influence also makes itself felt, with wood spice and rich, red fruits. The influence of the American oak continues on the palate, which is well balanced, with a honey sweetness and a slight citrus influence. None of the spice I was expecting though, with a short, light finish.

The Macallan Edition No. 2 – 48.2% ABV
The new, limited Macallan Edition No. 2 sees the distiller bring together seven handpicked casks from four different bodegas. The whisky is a collaboration between Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan’s master whisky maker, and the Roca brothers, co-founders of El Celler de Ca Roca – twice voted best restaurant in the world.

The seven different casks have been handpicked by each of the four collaborators to represent different aspects of their personality. Spain is also a key element in the story of Edition No. 2, with the four bodegas – Vasyma, Diego Martin, Jose Miguel Martin and Tevasa – representing the range which country’s vineyards have to offer.

More honey sweetness here, leading through to softer caramel, and eventually toffee.  Lots of tropic fruits including pineapple, with a gentle layer of ginger sitting on top. The palate is warm and spicy, with hints of cracked black pepper. There’s a treacle-y sweetness there, with a nuttiness too. And the finish is full and long lasting.

The Verdict
Although the Double Cask leans closer to the standard Macallan, the Edition No. 2 is a warm and spicy delight, especially on this chilly wintery night.

For more information on these and other Macallan bottlings, visit www.themacallan.com.