Speyside distiller The Macallan is releasing its new Rare Cask single malt– the supposed rarity in the name referring to the casks involved in the liquids' ageing.
Sixteen different cask profiles were selected by master whisky maker Bob Dalgarno for this expression, the most ever used for a Macallan whisky. All are Spanish or American sherry seasoned oak casks, with a high proportion of first fill casks.
The flavour profile for this mahogany red whisky is described as soft and opulent on the nose, with sweet and pungent spice along with fruit notes of apple and citrus. The brand says the palate offers more spice, with rich oak notes, vanilla and chocolate, some citrus zest too, and a full and woody finish.
'Rare Cask is about firstly identifying a selection of casks which can truly be called rare,' said Dalgarno. 'Each of the cask styles result in different character, so each imparts their own distinct influence on the final whisky.'
RRP £200, Maxxium UK, 01786 430500