Macallan adds 15 years old and 18 years old to the Double Cask series

American and European oak sherry casks characterize the whisky


With the Macallan Double Cask 12 years, in 2016 the Scottish distillery presented the first edition of the new series, which is now supplemented by a 15 years old and an 18 years old Macallan Double Cask.

The name of the series already reveals what these bottlings are all about: the whisky is matured in two different types of wood. Firstly, there are casks made from fresh American oak that make their way from Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky to Spain. They are joined by European oak casks from Northern Spain and the French Pyrenees. In Spain they are filled with sherry for a while before being emptied and transported to the Macallan Distillery. These so-called "seasoned sherry casks" then take up the New Spirit, which will mature in the Speyside for the following years and will be batched to become Macallan Double Cask Whisky.

Kirsteen Campbell, Master Whisky Maker at The Macallan, says: “Bringing together American and European oak sherry seasoned casks to achieve the perfect balance of flavours is incredibly exciting for the Whisky Mastery Team, and we are proud to offer two new expressions to this distinctive range for The Macallan Double Cask fans to explore. With Double Cask 15 Years Old, the delicate and indulgent flavours of American oak including honey, citrus and chocolate balance The Macallan’s more traditional characteristics of rich fruits, sherry and wood spice. The Macallan Double Cask 18 Years Old offers slightly more complexity, with rich raisin and sultana subtly balanced by warming oak spice.”

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