The Macallan 1824 Series - The Unveiling
Lucky, that's definitely how i see myself sometimes, especially when i'm in my "Toms Whisky Reviews" guise as i sometimes get invites to crazy cool events and get offered samples of some very cool whisky, and other things, so when i was invited to attend the unveiling of The Macallan's 1824 series at the Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh was i ever going to be saying anything other than yes!!
So i arrived in all my finery, well a shirt anyway, and followed the directions from the concierge in what used to be the Caledonian Hotel, yeah i'm old enough to remember that, up to the Pompadour room, made famous as the room the Edinburgh tasting was held in last years smash hit film The Angels Share.
It only got more surreal when Charlie MacLean (who was hosting the films tasting as Rory McAllister) arrived also, but then it got to the good parts.
Peter Sandstrom, Marketing Director at Maxiuum, was first up to welcome everyone to the unveiling and have a quick chat about the evening, then it was the turn of Ken Grier, Director of Malts for Edrington who talked about The Macallan some of the ethos behind the brand and the whisky range before Brand Ambassador Joy Elliott led us through the 1824 series.
There was some great discussion going on about the whisky itself as well as some very interesting questions and answers about the decision to move from age statement to non-age statement whisky and The Macallan definitely are 100% behind this. I'm have no issues with non-age statement whisky, just because a whisky is 10 years old doesnt make it ready, it could be ready at 8 or 9 or 11 years so why tie yourself down to a specific age, it's not an inidicator of quality.
Each batch of the new The Macallan 1824 series will differ very slightly in it's flavour as the types and numbers of casks used to make that colour will change batch to batch with the ethos of natural colour and excellent quality being at the forefront of everything The Macallan do.
I was impressed with the whiskies, my notes are shown below, and with a few small canapes and chance to mingle with some of the other press, bloggers, retailers and PR people whilst trying some more of the whisky and some The Macallan Amber based cocktails a good night was had by all.
The Macallan Gold
This was the first of the series to launch in September of last year and i tasted it back then, it's still got that certain something for me that i enjoy and made me buy a bottle, the citrus and creme brule mix with malt and come up with a yummyiness that i really like.
|Bottle Name||The Macallan Gold|
|Nose||Very citrus fruity but with dark fruits too dates, sultanas, glace cherries, some vanilla, creme brule in there too along with a touch of malt loaf.|
|Taste||more fruitcake with creme brule/caramel sauce, quite creamy|
|Finish||decent length, lots of the fruitcake notes|
The Macallan Amber
Next up in the range and of the four this is the one that i prefer the nose of, i love it, but for me unfortuanately the palate doesn't live up to the nose, it's still very very nice but doesn't match the quality of the nose and left me a little disappointed, shocking isnt it, i'm dissappointed with a fantastic palate simply as the nose is better, but i can't help it.
|Bottle Name||The Macallan Amber|
|Nose||intially a touch of malt biscuits, with edges of orange peel and candied orange slices, some vanilla and creme brule mix with freshly made caramel sauce, raisins and sultanas covered in dark chocolate.|
|Taste||raisins and sultanas in dark chocolate with candied orange peel and fresh vanilla pods|
|Finish||dark chocolate and vanilla pods|
The Macallan Sienna
Probably my favourite of the range, the nose isn't quite as good as the Amber and the palate isn't quite as good as the Ruby but they work so well together and there's such a level of balance that it makes it such a fantastic dram, one i will be adding to my whisky shelf sooner rather than later.
|Bottle Name||The Macallan Sienna|
|Nose||Orange peel, fresh vanilla pods and yoghurt coated raisins and sultanas, there;s something a bit spicy here too a touch of cinnamon stick and sweet ripe plums.|
|Taste||rich dark fruits and yoghurt coated raisins, with orange peel and cinnamon sticks.|
|Finish||seville oranges and a little cinnamon spice|
The Macallan Ruby
The top of the 1824 and the palate shows, it's exquisite, the nose isn't quite as good as the palate so the complete opposite to the Amber, i could happily sip this at night by an open fire but i'd rather it was in a tumbler than a nosing glass.
|Bottle Name||The Macallan Ruby|
|Nose||Dark skinned fruits, plums, nectarines, peaches, raisins and sultanas possibly even a little prunes with dark chocolate and caramel, theres some golden delicious apples and a touch of cinnamon.|
|Taste||plums and nectarines with chocolate covered raisins and touch of cinnamon stick for spice|
|Finish||dark chocolate raisins and plum juice.|