Whisky Review: The Macallan Classic Cut (2017 Edition) - The Whiskey Wash

Whisky Review: The Macallan Classic Cut (2017 Edition)

With impressive craft distilleries popping up all over the place in recent years, something does remain compelling about a distillery that has been around for nearly two centuries. Enter The Macallan, which needs little to no introduction in the world of Scotch, or whisky in general for that matter, as one of the best-sellers of single malt in the world. And it’s been around since 1824.

The Macallan is known for quality, craft and consistency, as well as high prices (with the occasional case of someone trying to take advantage of the demand for eyebrow-raisingly old whisky by selling fake Macallan at a record-breaking price).

Longer age, older bottle, limited release – these from The Macallan come at a premium price. Its recent Classic Cut was released in the fall of 2017 as a one-time limited edition within its sherry oak series – but at a comparatively lower price-point than some of its higher premium releases.

Tasting Notes: Macallan Classic Cut (2017 Edition)

Vital Stats: This single malt scotch comes from Scotland (Speyside), and was aged in American and European oak casks seasoned with Sherry from Jerez, Spain. Aging time is categorized as NAS (no age statement), and no water is added prior to bottling. It was bottled at 58.4% ABV and priced upwards of $89.

Appearance: Sexy, sturdy legs. Rich copper, naturally hued from the casks (as with all Macallans).

Nose: Brightness of orange and peach, with ginger, real vanilla and undertones of shisha.

Palate: A delightful complement to the nose, this is smooth and toasty and smoldering. The vanilla lusciousness of cream soda, the warmth of ginger, the character of malt, the roundness of oak.  The goodness just keeps coming, and lingers deliciously.

The Takeaway

Drink this neat or with a splash or water by the fire, or when you wish you were by one. It’s cozy. It's worth trying it as-is, but a bit of water will mellow the gingery warmth a bit and bring forth more of the other flavors. Compared to many other Macallans, this one is perhaps a bit bolder than expected with a more differentiated flavor profile. If you’re already a Macallan fan, it’s a no-brainer. If you’re more of a bourbon drinker, give it a go as well.