Rare Cask is crafted by Macallan's Master Whisky Maker from a small proportion of maturing casks at The Macallan distillery. These casks are handmade from Spanish and American oak; and are according the distillery 'the best in the business'.
Wood is a defining factor in the flavour of The Macallan, with over 60 per cent of the character coming from the cask it is aged in. But as the name suggests, there is more to this bottling than meets the eye.
Macallan insist that Rare Cask is truly rare. This rarity comes from the fact that some of the casks they have used in the creation of this whisky will never be used again.
Bob Dalgarno, the Master Whisky Maker who is responsible for creating Rare Cask, tested his knowledge and skill to create a whisky worthy of The Macallan name, he said: “Rare Cask is about firstly identifying a selection of casks which can truly be called rare. Each of the cask styles result in different character, so each imparts their own distinct influence on the final whisky.”
With a rich mahogany red hue, The Macallan Rare Cask showcases two of The Macallan’s greatest strengths, exceptional oak casks and natural colour, which are combined with knowledge, skill, passion, commitment and creativity. A whisky produced through meticulous dedication to wood.
Rare Cask has been crafted from whiskies selected from 16 individually different casks profiles –the most ever used in a single Macallan whisky.
Using only Spanish and American sherry seasoned oak casks, a high proportion of them being first fill - including some of the most precious and scarce casks - the Rare Cask is a whisky that is vanilla and raisins on the nose, with hints of citrus and spice. This then leads to a palate of slight spice, vanilla and white chocolate and a rich, long lasting finish that will have you coming back for more.
• The Macallan Rare Cask is available from specialist whisky retailers including The Whisky Shop and has a RRP of £200.