By Matt Goldstein
Established in 1824, the Macallan distillery is Speyside in Easter Elchies, Craigellachie, in the Highlands. The Macallan 15 Years Aged Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is triple cask fine oak aged. A two time double gold medalist at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, a gold medalist from the Chicago Beverage Institute, and overall critically acclaimed, The Macallan 15 is matured in European Oak Sherry casks, American Oak Sherry Casks and American Oak Bourbon Casks. This triple cask fine oak aging for 15 years gives this Speyside Single Malt a unique and exceptional flavor. The Fine Oak series is made in 10 years, 15 years, 17 years and 18 years. We’ve sampled both the 10 year and 15 years aged Oak Series and both are exceptional.
The Macallan 15 Year Single Malt Tasting Notes:
Medium to lightly smoky, smooth and sweet with hints of syrup, grain, malt, and bit of burn in the finish. This is a complex and excellent single malt for those looking for something with medium to light peat.
The Classifications of Scotch, by Macallan
In order to be classed as a ‘Scotch’ Whisky, the spirit, made from a mash of cereals, must have been matured in an oak cask in Scotland for a minimum of three years. It must also be bottled at a minimum strength of 40% alcohol by volume.
‘Blended’ Scotch Whisky is Scotch Whisky distilled at more than one distillery from a combination of malted barley and other cereals.
Blended ‘Malt’ Scotch Whisky is Scotch Whisky distilled at more than one distillery entirely from malted barley.
‘Single’ Malt Scotch Whisky is Scotch Whisky distilled at a single distillery entirely from malted barley.