The single malt Scotch The Macallan has introduced the latest in its Sherry Oak Range, The Macallan 40 Years Old, with just 500 bottles made available globally and 70 allocated to the US market. The new release is only the second non-vintage 40-year-old expression to come from the Edrington-owned single malt Scotch distillery.
The Macallan 40 Years Old six years wood journey starts in the forests of Northern Spain where The Macallan sources the Spanish Oak in which this single malt is aged. After the staves of one hundred years old tree are sawn and left to dry in the open air, they are shipped south where they are made into casks and toasted over an open fire in the cooperages of Jerez. After the casks are filled with dry Oloroso sherry, they are left to season for up to two years before being emptied and shipped to the Macallan distillery in Speyside. There, the casks are filled with new make spirit and left to mature for over forty years.
The Macallan 40 Years Old is enriched with nosing and tasting notes of light peat, sweet ginger cake, treacle notes, ripe pineapple, citrus fruit sorbet, sultana, raisins, almonds and wood smoke. The rare and classic Macallan whisky is bottled at 45% abv and is available for $8,000.