The Macallan Unveils Double Cask 30 Years Old

By Hannah Kanik / October 4, 2021

The Macallan recently released a Double Cask 30 Years Old into its coveted Double Cask range: a new single malt whisky in what’s described as the distinctive Double Cask flavor profile.

The expression has what’s said to be a rich depth of flavor and complex character. The Macallan sources European oak from Spain and France, as well as American oak from Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky, transporting all of it to Spain’s cooperages in Jerez. It is there they are transformed into casks before being filled with sherry wine and left to season for up to 18 months.

Once seasoned, the casks travel to The Macallan Estate in Speyside where they are filled with new-make spirit. Following years of slumber, The Macallan’s Whisky Mastery Team select what they feel is the best balance of spirit from both the American and European oak casks to create Double Cask.

The Macallan Double Cask 30 Years Old

The Macallan Double Cask 30 Years Old (image via The Macallan)

“The Macallan Double Cask 30 Years Old is a modern take on our classic 30-year-old and is an exceptional aged single malt. With a rich combination and depth of flavor and a complex character, it is a whisky to be savored, exhibiting notes of cinder toffee, fresh honeycomb, rich vanilla and red apples,” said Kirsteen Campbell, Master Whisky Maker, The Macallan, in a prepared statement. “The Macallan Double Cask brings together sherry seasoned American and European oak casks to create the perfect balance of flavors. It is the oak that gives the whisky its natural color and is the single greatest contributor to the quality, distinctive aromas and flavors.”

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The Macallan collaborated with American artist and photographer Erik Madigan Heck to showcase the Double Cask 30 Years Old. His photography features three compositions: abstract leaves from an oak tree, a blue tree, and a still life painting.

“Nature lies at the heart of my work, and I was greatly inspired by the breath-taking natural landscape on The Macallan Estate. I was drawn to an oak tree and its leaves which provided the perfect subjects to evoke the seemingly simply, yet rich and complex character of Double Cask 30 Years Old and to depict the natural color of the whisky,” said Heck. “I also created a still life image featuring vibrant colors and varying textures to portray the whisky’s luscious flavors while natural light captures its depth of character. The whisky’s golden acorn natural color provides the focal point of the shot, and its rich tone and translucent glow influenced the color palette of the piece as a whole” said Erik Madigan Heck.

The Macallan Double Cask 30 Years Old has aromas of fresh honeycomb, sweet toffee, red apple, fig and vanilla pod. On the palate there is a smooth melody of cinnamon, ginger, Madagascan vanilla, dried fruits and oak flavors, while the finish delivers sweet oak, soft spice and toffee, the distillery said in official tasting notes.

The Macallan Double Cask 30 Years Old is stored in a solid oak presentation box and is available globally for a suggested retail price of $4,000.