In Macallan’s warehouses rest a lot of barrels, but only a little more than 1% carry the “Rare cask” stamp. This bottling is the flagship of the 1824 series (the NAS named on the colors, which we have tasted here) edited by Bob Dalgarno himself, Master Whisky Maker at Macallan. It comes from a selection of 16 different types of sherry cask, not all first-fill and of different ages, only between the barrels branded as “rare”. It doesn’t seem to be a very limited edition, so we feel a bit skeptical about the infinite ways of marketing and about the numerical substance of the concept of “rarity”; a vain exercise, of course, when there is a perfumed glass in front of us, requiring our presence. Here we are.
N: immediately smooth and very open, it shows a beautiful aromatic profile, juicy and inviting. Immediately we are struck by the fruity side, very juicy, with notes of berries (blackberries and raspberries, both jam and wildberries juice), cherry; then dark chocolate (perhaps flavoured with red fruits?). Again orange is the protagonist, with a few aromatic suggestions of cedar wood and, incredible!, roses. Nothing tacky, let’s be clear.
P: very pleasant and drinkable, despite a deep first impact; it lets us imagine very ‘heavy’ descriptors, and yet at the same time it offers us a general impression of great freshness. The alcohol is at zero, with a good body, not too thin. We confirm the presence of red fruits in various forms (blackberries, cherries, raspberries; jam, candies, fresh fruit) and still a citrus side widespread and interesting. Then, again that note of rose. The presence of the wood and its tannins is shown with an almost bitter finish, between chocolate and light spices (a drizzle of cinnamon).
F: still orange. Here, in addition to the persistent party of red fruit, there is something sweeter, we would say white chocolate, perhaps vanilla…
Let’s get straight to the point: it’s a good whisky, very pleasant, with an exasperating drinkability, which would certainly make us finish a bottle in half an hour, if we had 250 € to spend without shame. Having said that, and without wanting to mechanically repeat what Serge wrote some days ago, it’s probably a whisky not really produced for the public of nerdy over-enthusiasts and whisky fetishists (luckily, someone will rightly say). And the low alcohol content, which makes it so drinkable, slightly penalizes the body of a distillate which, as we know, is among the fattest in Scotland. However, those who drink it, cannot but appreciate it. And we do, too: 86/100.
Recommended soundtrack: Dumbo gets mad – Indian food.