Wednesday 9 August 2017

Tasted #369: The Macallan 25yo Single Cask (bottled exclusively for Davidoff Cigars)

Recently a delivery showed up which was one of those ones that just makes you smile - a sample of a 25yo single cask Macallan, and two cigars from Davidoff Cigars.

The whisky, it turns out, was a single cask bottled by Signatory Vintage, exclusively for Davidoff of Geneva and sold only at selected Davidoff and Acanta stores in Asia.. Distilled in 1991 and bottled (after 25 years in an ex-Sherry butt) on 1st December 2016 at 53.5% ABV, it had all the hallmarks of what could be a great single cask was it to be?

Well, actually yes! There's no denying that, at $25,900HKD, it's not exactly an every day dram, but considering that not every modern day Mac is a winner, this one definitely was.

The Macallan 25yo Single Cask, selected for Davidoff of Geneva (53.5% ABV, 25yo, Highlands, Scotland, $25,900HKD from selected Davidoff and Acanta stores in Asia.)
Colour: Amber-copper.

Nose: Hugely nutty. Some sulphur at first, but it doesn't dominate, and theres a lot more going on. Strawberries, cream, some green apple (actually lots). With time, the sulphur subsides, and the sweetness kicks in even more. With water, there's some sea saltiness which carries through to the palate.

Palate: Rich, viscous and mouth-filling. Very creamy. Most of the sulphur has subsided and there are notes of jelly babies (red), pistachio and salted caramel.

Finish: Long, rich, nutty and creamy. Still very sweet, with a sugary coffee note at the very end.

Rating (on my very non-scientific scale): 93/100. A curiously sweet, complex, delicious single cask from The Macallan, with less of the characteristics some people criticise about modern Macs (especially sulphur), and plenty else going for it. A whisky which feels like it's been bottled at the perfect age and ABV.

Full details can be found here and the whisky can be purchased from here.


PS: No detailed notes on the cigars (702 Series "2000" and "Special R"), but I capped off a great holiday recently by enjoying the "Special R" on the last night, and it was a wonderfully smooth and complex smoke right to the end.

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