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Issue 106 - Colourful Characters

Whisky Magazine Issue 106
September 2012


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Colourful Characters

The Macallan: A New Era of Single malt Whisky Creation

Every good story requires a combination of strong characters and creativity to bring it to life.

For The Macallan this is particularly true of its latest, innovative development. An entirely new range, The Macallan 1824 Series is the perfect combination of two of the most influential factors, or characteristics, which make this single malt whisky amongst the most distinctive and desirable, namely oak sherry casks and natural colour.

The starting point for all Macallan sits firmly in ‘The Six Pillars', from which it is crafted and lovingly cared for at The Macallan distillery. Natural colour is one of these pillars which define and distinguish it from other single malt whiskies. All Macallan bottled by the distillery takes 100% of its colour from the wood in which it is matured. It is the interaction of the new make spirit with the casks alone which delivers the rich and natural diversity of The Macallan's spectrum of colour, from light oak through to darkest mahogany.

Maturation in sherry seasoned oak casks, the most distinctive and defining characteristic, lies at the heart of The Macallan. The new 1824 Series is 100 per cent matured in sherry casks crafted from American and Spanish oak. These exceptional oak casks constitute another of the Six Pillars. Wood being a natural product, each tree is different, and, in turn, the cask coopered from the tree imparts different flavours and colours to the whisky during maturation.

Combining these two factors of oak sherry cask ...

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