Apr 06

Macallan Cask Strength Scotch – Review

Macallan Cask StrengthThe Macallan Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

120.2 Proof

Price Point: $50 – $60 for 750 ML

Distiller: The Macallan Distillers Ltd.

 

Background

If you’ve been keeping score on my reviews, you know that I really like cask strength whiskeys.  Glenlivet Nàdurra, Abraham Bowman, George T. Stagg all share that quality and all rate among the top.  Now let’s look at a heavily sherried Scotch, and see how it stacks up against the others super-potent whiskies.

 

Review

No surprise here – a deeply sherried nose with a rich, red wine aroma.  There’s also a yeast (bread-like) smell similar to Bruichladdich Rocks and Sheep Dip.  This nose is big and robust, very nice!

The taste of Macallan Cask Strength is a big step up from the 12 Year Old.  This stuff tastes younger but still better – it’s a sherried whisky on steroids!  This particular expression is slightly malty with hints of dark chocolate and a very small suggestion of smoke.

Of course there’s a real big finish on this one from the 60.1% ABV.  This will certainly leave your tongue tingling for a while.

 

Rating & Recommendations

I can’t say too many bad things about Macallan Cask Strength, which is precisely why it earns a rating of 89 out of 100.

This is easily my favorite heavily-sherried Scotch to date.  I would recommend this to a good friend, for sure.

 

-Ryan

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