Appearance : topaz.
Nose : ample, rich. With incredible beauty, the first nose wavers between lemon zest, vanilla, walnut, wax, incense and cardamom. Allowed to breathe, the delicate framework upon which the aromatic palette rests gradually takes shape. This Macallan is indeed an incredibly sculpted feat of architecture. Bit by bit, acacia honey, peppercorns, some juicy William’s pears and even a handful of quince bring even more depth to the nose.
Palate : dynamic, accomplished. The tasting begins where the nose left off, with an attack that perfectly embodies the expression “an iron fist in a velvet glove”. Bourbon vanilla and sugary orange juice coat the taste buds as strong spices (ginger, cinnamon, clove) literally troop across the palate. On the mid-palate, malted barley announces a delicately herbaceous sequence (sage, verbena, alfalfa). This gives lots of freshness to the palette of flavours. Naturally, the end of the palate is characterized by notes of chlorophyll and mint.
Overall : long, heady. The preciously woody (oak, vanilla) start of the finish reveals lots of nuts (sweet chestnut, hazelnut, almond, etc.). Next, a few essential oils (savory, rosemary) bring energy and tone to the end of the palate which is then full of nobility and firmness. The retronasal olfaction and the empty glass focus on spices, clove and nutmeg in particular.