Macallan's "1824 Collection" consists of four expressions – "Select Oak", "Whisky Maker’s Edition", "Estate Reserve" and "1824 Limited Release".
Cadbury’s Fruit & Nut Chocolate came immediately to mind when I first nosed this whisky, with distinct spiciness behind. The colour is polished mahogany, indicating the use of European oak casks, and setting up the expectation that it will be a ‘traditional’ Macallan. It does not disappoint! The label describes it as being ‘layered with Fruit and Spice’, and so it is – raisins and sultanas, black pepper and allspice - but all bound up with dry, even powdery, milk chocolate. Water freshens it considerably – oak shavings; tinned pears with sponge – then covers it with melted toffee. The texture is smooth; the taste, straight, is dry overall, after a trace of caramel in mid-palate and some lingering tobacco in the spicy finish. Water adds sweetness, texture and length: a medium to long finish, with some spice and an aftertaste reminiscent of Sticky Toffee Pudding, slightly burnt.
42.8% ABV | 750ml
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