Macallan adds 30-year-old to Double Cask series

by Melita Kiely

Single malt Scotch producer The Macallan has added a 30-year-old whisky to its Double Cask range.

The Macallan Double Cask 30 Years Old was matured in Sherry-seasoned American and European oak casks. Bottled at 43% ABV, the whisky will retail for RRP £3,000 (US$4,100). Tasting notes for the whisky include aromas of honeycomb, toffee, red apple, fig and vanilla pod. The palate brings cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, dried fruits and oak flavours, finishing with oak, spice and toffee. Kirsteen Campbell, master whisky maker, The Macallan, said: “The Macallan Double Cask 30 Years Old is a modern take on our classic 30-year-old and is an exceptional aged single malt. With a rich combination and depth of flavour and a complex character, it is a whisky to be savoured, exhibiting notes of cinder toffee, fresh honeycomb, rich vanilla and red apples. “The Macallan Double Cask brings together Sherry-seasoned American and European oak casks to create the perfect balance of flavours. It is the oak that gives the whisky its natural colour and is the single greatest contributor to the quality, distinctive aromas and flavours.” The brand partnered with American artist and photographer Erik Madigan Heck to create imagery that depicts the flavours, textures and colour of the liquid. Heck’s photography features three compositions: a collection of abstract leaves from an oak tree; an image of a ‘blue tree’ to represent the 30-year-old whisky; and a still life to communicate the colours and textures of the whisky. Heck said: “Nature lies at the heart of my work, and I was greatly inspired by the breath-taking natural landscape on The Macallan Estate. I was drawn to an oak tree and its leaves which provided the perfect subjects to evoke the seemingly simply, yet rich and complex character of Double Cask 30 Years Old and to depict the natural colour of the whisky. “I also created a still life image featuring vibrant colours and varying textures to portray the whisky’s luscious flavours while natural light captures its depth of character. The whisky’s golden acorn natural colour provides the focal point of the shot, and its rich tone and translucent glow influenced the colour palette of the piece as a whole.” In August this year, Edrington-owned The Macallan released the first single malt in a new range inspired by the brand’s legacy – a whisky enclosed in a Lalique decanter and distilled in 1950.