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    Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    £216.00 Ex VAT £180.00

    ABV: 43%

    Bottle size: 70cl

    Availability: In stock

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    Sherry Rich Taste Oak Fruity

    Rare Cask has been crafted from Spanish and American sherry seasoned oak casks, a high proportion of them being first fill, including some of the most precious and scarce casks. Collectively these factors have given rise to an exquisite whisky with a splendidly rich and resonant hue, and an unmistakably woody whisky.

    The Macallan Rare Cask is a new addition to the company’s 1824 Series of core expressions which do not bear an age statement. Like the four others in the range – Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby – it allows Bob Dalgarno, Macallan’s highly skilled ‘Whisky Maker’, to choose casks which contribute to the individual whisky’s flavour, rather than being constrained by the requirement that it be of a specific age.

    Macallan has long avoided giving their malt a ‘fake tan’ – to quote an American website – i.e. they do not adjust the colour by adding spirit caramel. So casks must be selected for the colour they add as well as the depth of flavour. Bob Dalgarno said: “Of more than a thousand barrels, aged in the industry's most exclusive and expensive casks, only 1% of the whiskies made the cut”. The website quoted above concludes succinctly: “The bottles are presented in a swank gatefold box”! 

    The whisky has a bright polished mahogany hue and a viscous appearance. The first nose is of rich dry fruit cake or fruit loaf with a touch of cinnamon, a hint of white pepper and allspice, and a suggestion of cooking chocolate. A smooth texture and a sweet yet unusually (for Macallan) salty taste, with chocolate and spice. Water mellows all these elements and adds crème brulée and fresh oak. The taste is less salty. 

    if a whisky bears an age statement, this must be that of its youngest constituent: even if 95% of the casks used are twenty-five years old and only 5% ten years old, the bottles must be labelled ’10 Years Old’. Unlike blends, malt whiskies almost always bore age statements – typically 8 or 10 years during the 1970s, rising to 12 in the 1980s and even higher in the 1990s when there were ample stocks of well-aged malts. The so-called ‘Whisky Loch’ accumulated during the late 1970s/early 1980s (when there was dramatic down-turn in demand for blended Scotch whisky) made these older expressions possible, but the loch is almost drunk dry, while demand for long aged malt whiskies and super deluxe blends has never been greater. So the key reason for abandoning age statements is to maximise the use of aged stock by vatting it with younger whiskies and encouraging consumers to judge it on its merits, not simply to assume that ‘older is better’.
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    Customer Reviews


    Macallan Rare Cask
    Long finish
    Reviewer: Feefo Reviews
    Posted on 14-Jan-2018
    Macallan Rare Cask
    Wonderful, very, very good.
    Reviewer: Feefo Reviews
    Posted on 22-Jun-2017
    Macallan Rare Cask
    The Macallan Rare Cask is an excellent whisky although quite expensive.
    Reviewer: Feefo Reviews
    Posted on 22-Feb-2017