The Macallan has introduced The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old to its core range in the U.S.
To create Double Cask, The Macallan brings new oak from America to Spain, where the oak casks are crafted and Sherry-seasoned before traveling to the Macallan’s distillery on Speyside to mature for at least twelve years. These whiskies are then united with those aged in exceptional Sherry-seasoned European oak casks.
The new whisky marks the first time the distillery has used American Oak Sherry-seasoned casks as the most prominent flavor style in an expression of The Macallan. American Oak has less tannin and allows more vanillin to shine through, the company says, giving off sweet fruit flavors.
“By combining wood influences, we have been able to produce a new Macallan which sits perfectly between our existing Sherry Oak and Fine Oak ranges,” says Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker, in a press release. “This expression of The Macallan is rich in flavor, honeyed and indulgent, and has a full, viscous mouthfeel, which makes it a great complement to The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old.”
The suggested retail price is $65 per 750-ml. bottle. The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is 43% ABV.