A nice 15 year old Macallan. Who’d say no, right? Well, I didn’t after a ‘New in Stock’ tasting in Den Bosch about 5 years ago. At 63.1 % ABV this one was packed full of flavour and one of the precious ones in my collection.
Last weekend I finally finished it in the need to finish some bottles that have been open for 5 or 6 years. There’s still a few left, but I’m crawling closer to my target to finish off some 20 odd more bottles this year.
This Macallan was, although ridiculously high in alcohol, not as burning and searing as some other Blackadders. And another weird thing is that I always considered this a sherry cask bottling, but the label says ‘oak hogshead’. Of course, that doesn’t rule it out, but I haven’t seen a single bottle that didn’t promote the sherry cask(s) used for years.
Juicy apricots and peaches, with quite some burnt or scorched wood. The smoke isn’t there, but there’s a certain charcoaliness to it. Some barley and straw as well, white oak. Based on the nose it might be a bourbon cask, although it has some sweet tropical fruits. Caramel and fudge pop-up too.
Quite some vanilla that is the base of all other flavours. Spicy with tree bark and allspice. It does get really dry after a while, probably because of the insane ABV. With water more tropical fruits pop-up with lemon curd, pineapple juice and maybe even a hint of banana. It reminds me of recent Lochsides.
Again, loads of fruit and spices. The allspice and tree bark are back. Very long lasting. Watered down it gets maybe even more burning than it was before, strangely enough. Grilled apple and pineapple. Somewhat less tropical and less spicy.
This is an insanely good whisky. I regret not buying a case of it when I had the chance, but that’s always easy in hindsight. The rich fruitiness and tones of spices and wood really help each other shine. Stunning.
Oddly enough the edition that was released next year, which I hoped would be a back-up for this one wasn’t nearly as good, but I wouldn’t giving that a try again either. This one though. Damn!
Macallan 15, 1991-2007, Blackadder Raw Cask, 63.1%, Oak Hogshead (#21411), no longer available.