Whisky Review – Macallan Rare Cask Black

Macallan Rare Cask Black

Region: Speyside
ABV: 48%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type: ~100 predominently sherry-seasoned casks, peated malt.


Colour: Amber

Nose: Leather, dark fruits, toffee, plum, raisins, spice, oak, very faint smoke

Palate: Plum, oak, cola, pepper, ginger, orange peel, smoke

Finish: Medium+ finish, pepper, mineral, dark chocolate, oak, sherry, leather

Score: 87/100

Peated Macallan, very rare indeed. Part from the 1946 vintage of Macallan, this is probably the only time you will be able to try their peated expression. The nose is surprising, very typical of Macallan, rounded sherry fruits, spice, and oak is rather dominant, with a faint suggestion of smoke. Oak also plays a big part on the palate, plum, cola, spice, orange peel, and smoke; followed by a medium length finish, spicy, oaky, with a touch of dark chocolate and leather to round things off. This is a very mildly peated whisky, just sits in the back subtlety. You get an impression of more older-casks in this NAS release, very nice balance of complexity and flavour.

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