Macallan Classic Cut 2017

Macallan Classic Cut 2017 Edition

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Macallan Classic Cut

Country: Scotland – Speyside
Distillery: The Macallan
Type: Single Malt
Age: NAS
Cask: Oloroso Sherry
ABV: 58.4%
Proof: 118.4

Nose: Strong, fit for autumn, wet sherry cask, sweet ginger, oak, vanilla, sugar cane, red fruits and baked dates. With water some earthy notes and citrus join the game.
Palate: Definitely not as viscous as I expected from the proof. Though the taste is pleasing with caramel, oak spices, sherry, dried fruits and blind taste will definitely give you The Macallan feeling.
Finish: Lingering with nutmeg, cinnamon, almonds and it dries as it diminishes, which I really liked.

Unlike many others I appreciate NAS releases from Scotch distilleries. This does not only reflect how unusual ages can behave but also show us the beauty behind it.

Though 1824 Series from The Macallan was a dissapointment for me. I don’t recall so many moments that I have got a third bottle from that series.

However Macallan Classic Cut looks like it will change my mind. The biggest complaint from this Macallan was its super flowing texture. I was not expecting a big, chewy body since Macallan is not offering that too much, but I would appreciate a punch in the palate.

Though everything else looks like it is on the target. Approachable palate, rich nose and lingering finish with elegant palate.

To sum up, if I am looking for a cask strength Macallan, my choice would still be Macallan 10 CS. However, I would just put the Macallan Classic Cut close after that. For sure before the 1824 Series.