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The Macallan 18 Year Old Triple Cask Matured Single Malt Scotch Whisky
This product is available in: IL Unfortunately, we can't ship to PO Boxes and APO addresses.Size750mL Proof86 (43% ABV)
This product is available in: IL Unfortunately, we can't ship to PO Boxes and APO addresses.
About The Macallan 18 Year Old Triple Cask Matured Single Malt Scotch WhiskyThe Macallan Triple Cask Matured line is a marriage of single malt whiskies that have been married in American sherry-seasoned casks, European sherry-seasoned butts, and American ex-bourbon barrels. They refer to the three elements as "A Trinity of Spirits" and the line — available in three different agings — has become one of The Macallan’s most popular offerings.
The Macallan 18 Year Old Triple Cask Matured sits at the top of the line. An intriguing whisky, it's aged in a triple-cask combination of European and American sherry seasoned oak casks and American ex-bourbon oak casks. The eighteen years of aging not only develops an exquisite flavor profile, it also adds depth to the velvety character and mouthfeel over complex notes of soft vanilla, cocoa, orange citrus, and wood smoke.
Situated on a ridge above the banks of the River Spey, the Easter Elchies House has been the spiritual home of The Macallan for over three centuries. In 1820, Alexander Reid began renting the home from Sir Lewis Grant of Grant. Reid was a farmer, and soon after he sowed the fields surrounding the home with barley, Reid established the first licensed distillery on the estate, which he named Macallan after an ancient church that had been destroyed by fire during the 15th century. In the winter — when there was little activity on the farm — Reid would ferment and distill his excess grains into whisky, which was often drunk straight from the still or sold to travelers passing through the town.
Today, the Macallan Estate encompasses 370 acres, 95 of which are devoted to the production of the Macallan Estate's Minstrel barley (a single acre produces about 2.5 tons of barley each year, enough to yield 1,800 bottles of The Macallan). In addition, the distillery contracts with farmers to purchase barley that is low in nitrogen and high in starch, resulting in a rich and oily whisky.
After the barley is harvested in late August and early September, it is malted before being mashed in one of The Macallan's two mash tuns, a process that takes between four and eight hours. Then, the barley is fermented with a specially cultured yeast before being distilled twice through The Macallan's copper-pot stills. The copper comprising the stills acts as a catalyst, and enhances the formation of sweet esters while minimizing impurities such as sulfur. In addition, the curiously small stills — some of "the smallest stills within the Scotch whisky industry," according to production manager Alexander Tweedie — produce a whisky with a heavy, oily flavor.
Following distillation, The Macallan distillers remove the heads and tails of the whisky and collect approximately 16% of the spirit to fill into casks for maturation. This "cut," which is among the highest of any Scottish distillery, results in a more full-bodied and rich whisky.
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Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.