The Macallan Cask Strength has been discontinued for a while now, but it was a very popular whisky considering all the many good reviews it received. This batch was released in the 2000s and was the last to be bottled. A shame according to many, since these Cask Strength bottles are seen as the last (affordable) Macallan release that met the old style Macallan profile.
This Macallan has matured in sherry oak casks (obviously) and is bottled at 60,1% ABV. Bottled for the US-market only.
Macallan Cask Strength tasting notes:
Nose: As aspected, a very high sherry influence, haha. Dried fruits in abundance; raisins, plums, dates etc. But also dark chocolate, leather. A hint of lemon and oranges. Some honey too. Quite concentrated and intense. With water: Adds blueberries, oranges. Caramel and somewhat less concentrated, which is nice.
Taste: Oompff, water please! Dark chocolate, leather too. That hint of lemon is also here. Oak and wood spices. And peppery, but that must be the alcohol speaking. Soooo strong… With water: Much better! Fruitier and creamier. Blueberries, dried fruits, and more chocolate, some honey too. Some tobacco too. Much more pleasant.
Finish: The finish is long, with mostly leather and honey. Water adds chocolate.
Man… this one needs water! Almost undrinkable without it, well at least for me. Anyway it’s a very good whisky, it just doesn’t have my preference. But if you like sherry bombs, this is definitely something for you!