Macallan unveils its newest Scotch, the Macallan Estate, a rare single malt made from barley grown exclusively on its home turf, Easter Elchies. While its estate-grown barley has gone into other expressions from the distillery, this is the first bottle made up exclusively of that grain. This barley is distilled just once a year over the course of a week and usually is reserved for the Macallan’s top whiskies.
This spirit is a rich chestnut color with some wood spice, vanilla, and orange essence on the nose. Its signature sherried notes are there of course, along with caramel, banana and warm spices on the palate. At just 86 proof, this is an easy, delicious dram to sip, more warmth than burn. It matured exclusively in sherry-seasoned oak butts and hogsheads but offers no age statement. The whisky makers wanted total flexibility to choose the right casks for the expression, regardless of age.