The Macallan Double Cask Gold is a no-age-statement single malt Scotch from the house of Macallan. The Double Cask Gold is a 2018 relaunch of the Macallan Gold, which itself was released in 2012.
The Macallan is one of the most famous Scotch whisky brands in the world. It is the third largest selling single malt whisky globally, only finishing behind two other Speyside giants, The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich.
For centuries, farmers in the Speyside region in Northern Scotland would use surplus barley to make whiskies in the winter months. Strathspey, the area around the River Spey in Moray and Badenoch in northeastern Scotland slowly built a reputation for some of the most revered single malt whisky distilleries in the world.
The Macallan is one such distillery, located in the heart of Craigellachie, Moray. Founded in 1824 by Alexander Reid, a school teacher and barley farmer. The Macallan Distillery was one of the first legally licensed distilleries in Scotland.
The name Macallan is a combination derived from the Gaelic words, ‘Magh’ meaning fertile land, and ‘Ellan’, taken from the name of St. Fillan, the Irish monk who helped spread Christianity around the Scottish country.
Over the years, the Macallan brand rose in prominence alongside many other Speyside distilleries such as The Glenlivet, and as the world developed a taste for Speyside single malts, prosperity followed.
They are known for their richly flavoured and aromatic single malts, a trait it obtains from the curiously small copper stills at the Macallan Distillery. Just as the Glenmorangie Distillery is known for the tallest copper stills in Scotland, Macallan is known for the smallest.
Earlier, the Macallan Gold, part of the 1824 range was released in 2012 before being discontinued and some whiskies being renamed and rebranded, such as the Macallan Double Cask Gold.
The Macallan Double Cask Gold Scotch whisky is matured in a combination of First Fill American ex-Bourbon barrels, and refill Sherry-seasoned casks. The name ‘Double Cask’ is thus a reference to the double cask aging that this single malt undergoes.
Macallan are known to take their barrels incredibly seriously, and have been known to permanently employ a ‘Master of Wood’. Scott MacPherson, the Master of Wood at Macallan puts great care and research into the quality of oak barrels at the distillery’s disposal.
The Macallan Double Cask Gold Scotch Whisky contains 40% ABV (80 US Proof), the standard permissible limit for Scotch whiskies.
The Macallan Double Cask Gold Scotch whisky has not won any major international whisky tasting awards or medals
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