Distilled at The Macallan in Speyside, this single malt Scotch is matured in a combination of American and European oak casks. The Macallan brings American oak to Spain, where their bespoke casks are hand-crafted and filled with dry Oloroso sherry. Once seasoned, these casks are shipped to Scotland to be filled with new make spirit from The Macallan stills. After 15 years, the Whisky Mastery Team set about combining spirit from both types of cask to create a balanced, warm, and sweet single malt. The result is The Macallan 15 Year Old Double Cask, bottled at 43% abv and presented at natural colour, with all of its golden butterscotch hue coming from the oak casks.
The influence of both casks is immediately noticeable on the nose, with dried fruits and baked apple from the Spanish oak and vanilla and toffee from the American oak. The palate brings sweet raisins and sultanas, growing in intensity with undercurrents of vanilla, oak spice and citrus. The finish is warm and creamy with ginger and caramel lingering on.