You don’t ask questions… you just stop and drink it in.
In 2009 The Macallan issued a statement saying that they had passed Glenfiddich to become the second largest producer of Single Malt Scotch in the world, behind only Glenlivet. The Big 3 definitely stand far above the others in production, and, fortunately for us, they have achieved this scale without sacrificing quality. No small feat.
For master cooper Stuart MacPherson, wood is serious business. Wood is so integral to the making of Macallan Whisky that Stuart has the actual title of "Master of Wood."
The Macallan Rare Cask is a Single Malt of the first order. Every drop is pure Macallan, and all of it is aged in Stuart’s carefully acquired Sherry casks. This is where Bob Dalgarno comes in. Bob is the Official Whisky Maker, and he gets the awesome and intimidating task of blending Macallans of various casks and ages to achieve a special flavor profile. If it needs a little citrus and stone fruit, add younger Whiskies. If it needs more chocolate and wood spice, add older. Taste is the key… and with The Macallan Rare Cask, taste is achieved.
Even the packaging is special. The bright red box swings open like French doors to reveal the cut crystal decanter with a perfect taper and plunging neckline. But you won’t find an age stamp on the beautiful packaging that it comes in. A gentleman never asks. Besides, that is just the gown… the dressing for the luscious Spirit within. The color is a light mahogany, the flavor gently sweet and rich with a full body, intoxicating aroma, and a mouth-feel that is… sensual.
Cheers to Stuart and Bob… nice job lads.