After the remarkable Macallan 1989 from the Artist Collection #9 in our 2020 Creation Catalogue, this version distilled in 1990 looks at Speyside’s most prestigious single malt from the perspective of bourbon cask maturation. Overflowing with maturity, it begins by imposing its profoundly malty character, in order allow free rein to its desire for long-distance travel. The similarity with a great Junmai Daiginjo Sake in this sense is a highlight of a tasting that also enthu- siastically explores fruity, floral, malty and herbaceous paths, each more nuanced than the next.
MACALLAN Aged 30 Years ARTIST 10TH Anniversary S.V
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Speyside Single Malt, 53.5%, 70cl — Single Cask #1034, Hogshead Limited edition of 141 bottles — LMDW Exclusive
Deep golden yellow
Fine, subtle. Deliciously vanilla and fruity (pineapple, Mirabelle plum), the first nose is also honeyed (acacia, lime blossom), malty and vinous (white port, muscatel). Allowed to breathe, absolutely delicious aromas of apple tart, greengage plum and candied ginger appear alongside lots of heady florals (iris, tuberose, lily, dahlia). Next, in the true Speyside style, the aromatic palette is covered in abundant grains of malted barley.
Rich, powerful. Magnificently liquorice and oily (rapeseed, sunflower), the attack also reveals citrus fruit (orange, clementine), exotic fruit (passion fruit, mango) and spearmint. On the mid-palate, varied spices (clove, cumin, coriander, dill) bring lots of energy to the flavour palette. Gradually, exquisite flavours of camomile, clover and fresh walnut cover the taste buds. The very creamy end of the palate is vanilla, saffrony and spicy (black pepper, cinnamon).
Long, silky. The very powdery (ice cake) start of the finish is like a superb sake. Magnificently herbaceous (box tree, holly, juniper), with time it becomes increasingly rich (calisson d’Aix, prune flan). The tertiary retro-nasal olfaction is driven by notes of marron glacé, chestnut, pine resin and verbena. The extremely concentrated empty glass is slightly camphoric, herbaceous (alfalfa, coriander), lemony and above all malty (barley pulp, porridge).
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