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08-06-2010, 12:10 AM
I have searched and searched and searched and searched for an answer to this.
What is the age of a Macallan Cask Strength? There seems to be two bottles out there...one says 10 years on the bottle and one has no age statement.
the Macallan website only shows the one that states 10 years and won't return me e-mails....:thumbdown
here are the two bottles
08-07-2010, 05:09 PM
Was able to contact the Brand Ambassador for The Macallan. He is one of three in the US. Here is what he set me
When I was at the distillery in 2009, I asked Bob Dalgarno, the Master whisky maker the very same question that you asked me...
The Answer is: The age statement was removed from the Cask Strength in the US because some of the liquid in the bottle was younger than 10 years old. It is in fact a vatting of European Sherry casks between 8-12 years old. This is the unofficial time frame in the casks, and according to Bob, who is charged with ensuring the color, character and complexity and consistency of every bottle that has our label on it year after year, only non-age Cask strength is now sent to the US. You can still purchase Cask Strength 10 yr in other markets around the world.
I also got an answer back from an Marketing Assistant forThe Macallan
it doesn't carry an age statement as it varies in age from bottling to
bottling. Our whisky maker has complete freedom to select casks
according to their character rather than their age to achieve the
flavour and nose that is required for this whisky. On average, it would
be around a 12 years old whisky but it can vary between 10 to 15 years
from bottling to bottling.
08-09-2010, 06:26 AM
Haha... Typical marketing... The Brand Ambassador tells you 8-12yrs... and the marketing member tells you 10-15yrs... of course it's older when you hear it from the maketing dept...
Nice work hunting down the numbers though. I tried the same hunting expedition with my Caol Ila Cask Strength (55%) with no joy. I guess it's muli-vintage between 10-12yrs.
12-24-2010, 05:18 PM
The age is not so important to me, other than the interesting issue with one bottle being labeled a 10yr and the other is not. The Macallan Cask Strength is one of my all-time favorites, and one of very few that I re-stock immediately upon depletion.
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