There are few better ways to truly understand the DNA of a single malt whisky than by getting to grips with some of the single cask components that its blenders have access to. The Macallan is now making a number of these available, with the introduction of its new Exceptional Single Cask range.
The idea is that these whiskies give you an insight into the world of The Macallan’s whisky blenders, offering a first hand experience of the whiskies they work with. As a result they’re bottled at cask strength.
The distillery, presumably aware that it’s already November, has a massive 14 Exceptional Cask whiskies planned for release before the end of 2017. The first seven in the range were unveiled this month, all aged in sherry casks, in either sherry butts or hogsheads. These were filled into cask between 1995 and 2004.
‘At the heart of The Macallan Estate sits the sample room, and within it the whisky maker’s bench; the place where inspiration and dedication come together in the creation of The Macallan single malt,’ explained Charlie Whitfield, manager of brand education and prestige whiskies. ‘Over years, and even centuries, an incredibly diverse range of whisky samples have graced the whisky maker’s bench.’
This initial selection has gone directly to the US and to Asia (going for between $250 and $1,300), but the next seven, set to be released at the end of the year, have been earmarked for ‘key cities in Europe and the Middle East’, so hopefully that means we’ll be seeing some of them locally too.