The Macallan Classic Cut 2019 Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky

This perfectly balanced expression of The Macallan's Classic Cut single malt is the stunningly balanced third entry in the annual limited edition series.
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The Macallan Classic Cut 2019 is the third entry into the annual limited edition series. This single malt's relatively high ABV of 52.9% has been hand-chosen by whisky maker Polly Logan as the perfect strength to showcase its sweetness and overall perfect balance. It's matured in oak sherry-seasoned casks from Jerez, Spain. To bring out the optimal aromas, let the pour breathe for 10 minutes. Afterwards you can expect a rich and complex flavor profile and a creamy mouthfeel with notes ranging from orange zest to vanilla and ginger, ending in a sumptuous medium-long finish.

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 sowed the fields surrounding the rented home with barley and 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 slow winter days 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 harvest the barley is malted and 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 sulphur. 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 richer whisky.

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Proof 105.8 (52.9% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name The Macallan Distillery
Size 750mL
Expect a complex flavor profile with notes ranging from orange zest to vanilla and ginger, ending in a pleasant medium-long finish.
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