The Macallan Double Cask 12 is 100% Sherry seasoned and aged in a combination of European and new American oak casks which are seasoned with Spanish Sherry. Like all Macallans, the 12 Double Cask has natural color.
American white oak, or Quercus alba grows in the Eastern part of the United States and Canada. It grows fast for an oak tree, which makes it less expensive than others such as the European oak. The average price of an American oak cask is about $200.
American white oak wood has a high density of 770 kg/m³ and has high concentrations of monogalloyl glocose. When combined with new make whisky, it adds notes of vanilla and caramel. The American oak casks used in the maturation of the Double Cask 12, are new, and are seasoned with sherry from Spain.
European Oak, or Quercus robur and petraea can be found throughout the European continent and well in to Russia and Turkey. It grows slower than American oak, and is less dense, at 720kg/m³ which makes it more expensive. Prices for a European oak cask average 950 Euros.
European oak casks contain Gallic acid, which is considered a pseudo tannin. This acid in combination with water gives the whisky a slightly bitter note. The European oak has also a lot of other components that also add to the spiciness of the whisky.
At this moment, The Macallan 12 Double Cask is the only expression in the Double Cask lineup of products. Last week, Macallan announced the discontinuation of the chromatic scale of expressions from the 1824 Masters series which included Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby. It is expected that Gold will be renamed to “Double Cask Gold” in the future, and that it will join the Double Cask 12 in in the Double Cask range. Older and higher strength expressions are also expected to join this series in the future.
The new version of the expressions will be bottled in a new vessel, similar to the one currently used in the Rare Cask and Rare Cask Black editions with broad shoulders and a chevron cut in the chest. The new bottling will contain an anti-refill closure, and anti-counterfeit technology.
The delicate flavor of American oak – vanilla, citrus and light oak – rises in prominence as the traditional Macallan European oak character of dried fruit, sherry and wood spice affords a familiar back drop.
The result is a fresh and approachable style of Macallan, rich in flavor, honeyed and indulgent, with a full, viscous mouth feel.
Color: Harvest Sun
Nose: Creamy butterscotch, toffee apple, candied orange, vanilla custard, and fresh oak
Finish: Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying
Palate: Wood spices (ginger and nutmeg) citrus, caramel, raisins and resinous
Strength: 43% ABV
You can enjoy the Macallan Double Cask 12 as well as many other drinkable collectible single malt Scotches this Thursday, April 5 from 5PM at the Minister Business Skylounge. No reservations, no cover.