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Macallan (12 yr., 43%) 93
A seamless whisky of great integrity! Full amber color. A rich, fragrant aroma fills the nose with honeyed sherry, smoke, and light fruit. Its flavor delivers what the aroma promised, with a very full, voluptuous, balance of sherry, caramel malt, delicate fruit and smoke. A beautiful, full-bodied, sherried Speyside. (Best Buy)
The Macallan was one of the first Highland distilleries to take out a licence in 1824, since when it has been distilled by generations of craftsman on a small estate over looking the River near Craigellachie.
The key to understanding The Macallan lies in the Company's total dedication to quality and attention to detail. A purposefully tradtionalist distillery, no shor cuts are taken in time, investment and production of "the best glass" (Kingles Amis). Alongside its unusally small handbeaten copper stills, The Macallan is perhaps best known for its insistence on sherry aging.
The Macallan malt whisky is matured excluvisely in sherry oak casks from the bodegas of Jerez, Spain. The Spanish oak casks are hand-picked annually then seasoned for three years with the finest Oloroso and fino sherries. Shipped unbroken to Speyside they are filled with ne Macallan spirit and "sleep" for a mandatory 10 years while the cask inparts The Macallan's distinctive mellow flavor and rich golden color.
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