The Macallan has released Double Cask 30 Years Old single malt whisky. The unique Double Cask flavor profile provides a rich depth of flavor and a complex character.
It all starts in northern Spain and southern France, where The Macallan sources its European oak. New oak from the lush forests of Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky in America is also transported to Spain. Both types are handcrafted into casks and toasted over an open-air fire in the cooperages of Jerez before being filled with the finest sherry wine and left to season for up to 18 months. After being seasoned, the casks are moved to The Macallan Estate in Speyside where they are filled with new-make spirit. Following years of rest, The Macallan’s Whisky Mastery Team selects the best balance of spirit from both the American and European oak casks to create Double Cask.
After 30 years spent in sherry seasoned American and European oak casks, The Macallan Double Cask 30 Years Old received a sweeter, warmer taste and character. The sherry seasoned American oak reveals delicate, sweet flavors, while the European oak delivers the subtle and classic style of The Macallan. The exceptional single malt imparts 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.
To celebrate the release, The Macallan teamed up with acclaimed American artist and photographer Erik Madigan Heck to showcase the signature tastes and unique and distinctive flavor profile of Double Cask 30 Years Old. Inspired by the natural landscape on The Macallan Estate and the complex flavors and natural color of the whisky, the images demonstrate the single malt’s character in a unique and contemporary way. The photography set features three compositions: a collection of ‘abstract leaves’ from an oak tree which like the whisky itself strikes the perfect balance of modesty and complexity; an image of a ‘blue tree’ representing Double Cask 30 Years Old’s simple yet rich and complex character; and a remarkable still life which depicts the energetic colors and varying textures of the flavors in the whisky.
The Macallan Double Cask 30 Years Old is housed in a luxurious solid oak presentation box and is available globally for a suggested retail price of $4,000.