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The Macallan 1824

by Gavin D Smith, 09/09

The Macallan has launched a new 'family' of single malts dedicated to the global travel retail sector, which is the third-largest market for the Speyside brand.

The 1824 Collection of four expressions - Select Oak, Whisky Maker's Edition, Estate Reserve and 1824 Limited Release - has been created by John Ramsay, the now retired Master Whisky Maker for parent company The Edrington Group, and Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan's Whisky Maker. None of the whiskies carries an age statement.

According to an Edrington spokesperson, "They have been inspired by the distillery's long history and rich traditions to create a very special range of single malts, selecting the best casks at the peak of their maturity in order to achieve the fullest and most complex whisky.

"Each expression illustrates a particular story about The Macallan's long and distinguished history and showcases the spectrum of flavours and aromas associated with The Macallan, the world's most iconic whisky."

The 1824 Limited Release Decanter will be available from October 2009, but the other three expressions are now on sale in key travel retail outlets in Europe, the Americas and in Asia at Singapore Airport.

Macallan, Select Oak (Scotland)
The producer notes "Testament to The Macallan's knowledge and mastery of wood, Select Oak uses three cask types - American Oak seasoned with either Sherry or Bourbon and first-fill European oak casks seasoned with Sherry. Investing more per cask than any other single malt, each Macallan cask has been handcrafted and selected under the supervision of The Macallan's Master of Wood, George Espie. This very special whisky has a high proportion of first fill Sherry Oak casks." The nose is fragrant and sweet, with marshmallows and new leather. Developing fresh fruits. The palate offers fruit and nuts, with increasing sherry, leather and spice. Medium length and drying in the nutty, slightly peppery, finish. 40.0% ABV, 100cl, Euro 46.00, Duty Free & Travel Retail.
Macallan, Whisky Maker's Edition (Scotland)
According to The Macallan, "Containing rare whisky distilled from barley grown on The Macallan's Estate which brings a velvety mouthfeel, Whisky Maker's Edition recognises the skill and dedication of The Macallan's Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno. Bottled at Bob's preferred strength of 42.8%, this has an intensity and robustness of flavour." Less obviously sweet on the nose than Select Oak, this Edition offers a nose of toffee, raisins, figs and honey. The palate is rounded, full and spicy, with nutmeg, leather, hazelnuts and chocolate orange. Lengthy in the finish, with nutty, dark chocolate, a whiff of smoke and mild oak. % ABV, 100cl, Euro 69.00, Duty Free & Travel Retail.
Macallan, Estate Reserve (Scotland)
The distiller declares that "Drawing on casks which deliver a maximum intensity and depth of flavour, this single malt includes some traditional Sherry seasoned hogshead casks specially reserved for this expression. Non-chill filtered and bottled at the old-style 80o proof, more commonly known as '20 under', this is a dram with real character." Sweet and poised on the nose, with warm leather and nutmeg. Full-bodied and smooth in texture, with treacle, mixed spices, citrus fruits and some smoke in the mouth. The finish is long, with mellow spices, cocoa and oak. 45.7% ABV, 70cl, Euros165.00, Duty Free & Travel Retail.

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