NC2 Macallan 1997 11yo 46%
Nose: Quite bold, dry and oaky. Cereals and cask warehouses - some metallic notes. Refreshing not to be overwhelmed by sherry
Palate: soft and light. Fruity pears and apples, some citrus notes too. Gentle oak spice with traces of smoke and dusty warehouses.
Interesting facts on the Macallan:
Established in 1824 as Elchies distillery, then renamed in 1894 as Macallan after the local church.
Macallan said by some to be the Rolls-Royce of whiskies.
Once renowned for their use of only Golden Promise barley (now accounts for less than 10% of production), which is malted at Tamdhu's maltings.
Dry oloroso sherry casks, and use of small stills, 15 in total, produce a classic speyside style. Sherry butts are shipped whole to reatin their character and water is drawn from four boreholes along a stretch of the Spey river.
Macallan was launched as a single malt in 1980 and has grown to be one of the world's best sellers.
Used in blends such as the Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark and J&B blends.
Thirty years ago, the Macallan only had a marketing budget of £25, this was used to purchase a poster to sponsor a local shinty match.
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