The Macallan is best known for their whisky matured in ex-sherry casks. The Macallan only uses their casks a maximum of two times (where other distilleries may use them many more times) so as to impart a greater amount of sherry influence. The distillery also uses more than 90% of all the ex-sherry casks in Scotland, making them the dominant player in the heavily-sherried scotch category.
The Macallan 18 Year Sherry Oak, 43% ABV
Single malt Scotch whisky (Speyside)
Nose: Spices, dried fruit, sherry.
Palate: Sherry at first, peeling away to expose spicy wood and then juicy fruits (red apple, red grape). Velvety.
Finish: Oloroso sherry but a bit dry after a while.
Rating (of 100): 88. Sophisticated sherry with a kick.