The $300 Macallan Rare Cask Whisky Is Calling Out to You


The Macallan, known for their luxury range of single malt Scotch whisky, has just announced the addition of the new Rare Cask to their core range of expressions. Offering a "splendidly rich and resonant ruby hue," the whisky sits in handpicked, Spanish oak sherry seasoned casks until it is ready to be bottled in a sturdy glass decanter.

“The launch of Rare Cask represents an extremely exciting development for The Macallan,” says Ken Grier, Director of Malts, Edrington. “This new release celebrates the very foundations that make The Macallan so special—our glorious range of natural color and the outstanding quality of our casks.”

According to the brand, the wood blends with the spirit to create a diverse range of colors and flavors that distinguishes Macallan from other single malt whiskies. The Rare Cask gets its start in the oak forests of northern Spain, after which the barrel staves are hand-made in Cadiz and the casks are created by the Tevasa cooperage in Jerez. The casks are then seasoned with dry oloroso sherry for 18 months before being emptied and shipped off to Scotland to be filled with whisky. 

A 750 ML bottle runs for $300 and can be bought at your local fine spirits purveyor.

Tasting notes according to Macallan:

Aroma: Opulent, soft and meandering. Picture an orchestra setting up: deep notes of quiet vanilla, already in tune. Bold and booming raisin, yet only in spells. Chocolate is a star performer, although not a standout. Apple, lemon and orange is a sweet ensemble beautifully balanced with a spicy quartet of root ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Oak conducts, mature and elegant.

Palate: Spices lead loud and full, tempered by raisin. Timeless, polished, rich and resonating oak takes control, as vanilla and chocolate complement each other in the background, ending with a light citrus zest.

Finish: Full and warming.