The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak is a single malt Scotch whisky from the classic Speyside distillery. This expression is a part of the Sherry Oak series, which forms the newly restructured core-range by Macallan, one of the top three single malt Scotch distilleries of the world including The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich.
The Sherry Oak series is accompanied by the Double Cask, Triple Cask and Rare Cask series. The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak precedes the standard Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak expression.
The Macallan Distillery was established in 1824 by Alexander Reid, who chose the name as a combination of two words, ‘Magh’ which is Gaelic for ‘fertile land’, and ‘Ellan’ inspired by the Monk St. Fillan. The two words combined to form ‘Maghellan’ which was eventually modified to the current name of the Macallan brand.
Alexander Reid was a barley farmer and school teacher before he established the distillery. Until 1868, the Macallan Distillery was owned by Reid who then sold it to a man named James Stuart. Stuart then sold the distillery to Roderick Kemp in 1892, and the Macallan Distillery changed owners a couple more times before it became a part of the Edrington Group in 1996.
Under Edrington, the Macallan Distillery was moved to new premises, built at a cost of over £140 Million, housing some of the most advanced equipment and state-of-the-art infrastructure.
The typical complex and intense characteristics of the Macallan single malt are credited to the much smaller, onion-shaped still used by the makers. These stills are very different than the tallest stills in Scotland located at the Highland-based Glenmorangie distillery, or the unique lantern shaped stills at the legendary Speyside distillery of The Glenlivet.
The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak belongs to the exclusive Sherry Oak series of single malt whiskies. These whiskies have been matured solely in Sherry barrels for the entire 18 years of its maturation, unlike most whiskies that are only ‘finished’ in Sherry barrels for a few months or a couple of years.
Over 18 years of maturation lends the whisky an immense smoothness, with no compromise on quality at all. The richness and intense aromas courtesy of the Oloroso Sherry make it an incredibly flavourful and aromatic drink.
The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak carries an alcohol strength of 43% ABV, slightly higher than the standard permissible limit for Scotch whiskies.
The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak has not won any major awards or medals at whisky competitions.
20th February 2019
Intense and rich aromas of dried fruits, Christmas spice and candied ginger.
Sweet and spicy, heavy Sherry influence is clear. Ripe oranges, clove and cinnamon in abundance.
Long, warm and gentle finish. Dried fruit and ginger flavours left behind.