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Global oaks meet for The Macallan Double Cask

Using both sherry-seasoned European and American oak casks, The Macallan has released a new Double Cask 12 years old.

Intended to present flavours familiar to both their sherry oak and fine oak ranges, the result is a new interpretation of the signature 12 Years Old Macallan.

Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan master whisky maker, says: “This is a single malt which showcases a true balance of character which results in a fully rounded and distinctive flavour profile. By combining wood influences, we have been able to produce a new Macallan which sits perfectly between our existing Sherry Oak and Fine Oak ranges.”

The Macallan bring oak from America to Spain, where casks are crafted and sherry seasoned before traveling to its distillery on Speyside, to mature for twelve years. Whiskies are then united with those aged in sherry seasoned European oak casks.

Chris Anderson, luxury marketing controller for Maxxium UK, says: “The Macallan Double Cask provides us with the opportunity to offer the trade an additional variant and importantly, a new style of The Macallan at the 12 years old position and price. In turn this means we can offer the consumer a wider choice of products at this level, and encourage trial and exploration within The Macallan portfolio.”

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is available from October 2016 in specialist whisky retailers for an RRP £55 and select on trade accounts across London.

22 October 2016 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editorial assistant