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Issue 111 - The Colourful World of The Macallan

Whisky Magazine Issue 111
April 2013


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The Colourful World of The Macallan

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Every good story needs strong characters and creativity to bring it to life. For The Macallan this is particularly true of its latest innovation. An entirely new range, The 1824 Series brings together two of the most important elements, or greatest strengths, of The Macallan, natural colour and sherry seasoned oak casks. Together these create a signature Macallan character, embracing all the defining elements which have made it one of the most distinctive and desirable single malts. 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 on Speyside. Natural colour is one of these pillars which define and distinguish it from other single malt whiskies.

All of The Macallan bottled by the distillery takes 100 per cent of its colour from the wood in which it is matured. It is the interaction of the new make spirit with the casks which delivers the rich, diversity of The Macallan's world of natural colour, from light oak through to darkest mahogany. Maturation in sherry seasoned oak casks, the most distinctive and defining characteristic of The Macallan, lies at the heart of this range. The new 1824 Series is 100 per cent sherry cask matured in American and European oak. These exceptional casks, the most expensive in the industry, 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 fla...

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