Review by FWL Contributing Editor Commander H.G.H Glendidit
The Macallan Rare Cask: This was the mission I’d been hoping for as a whiskey reviewer!
When I tasted The Macallan Rare Cask, I wished… well, my exposure to The Macallan had thrown me into a world of confusion, since. For this Rare Cask is a dream of Scotch, an archetype, a perfected “something” brought in from outside Plato’s Cave, wherein we are all bound and forced to perceive not Perfection, but its dim reflection, a confusing play of images and shadows, hinting at the Ideal.
Avert your eyes! Macallan Rare Cask is such an Ideal Form. It is the “Final Cut” of The Macallan. It is as close a glimpse of perfection that many of us will ever have, save for certain astronauts, surfers, mountaineers and Photoshoppers among us.
It is very rare, as its name suggests.
The Macallan Rare Cask is an unexcelled expression of Scotch, as most tasters will agree. And how much more so, in this incarnation. The colour, all-natural, seems to magnify the intensity of the light refracted through it. And if the Technogenic Revolution proceeds as it surely must, then this, in its Überscotch incarnation could soon lead the way to a genetic “selection” of Superscotches that anyone could reach for! Or that could reach for anyone! Is that something to be stubbornly resisted? Or to be greatly desired? For surely, Everyman deserves a crack at this experience…
For now, however, as this is but 1% of the output of The Macallan Distillery, only an elite few of us “Everymen” will be able to procure this mighty liquour. Which is as it should be, I think.
Do not hesitate.
Colour : Mahogany
Nose: Opulent, yet soft and slightly meandering, picture an orchestra setting up: quiet vanilla with deep notes, already in tune; raisin bold and booming, though only in spells; chocolate a star performer, but not a standout; a sweet ensemble of apple, lemon and orange, beautifully balanced with a spicy quartet of root ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Then oak conducts, mature and elegant, with patience only time delivers.
Palate: The spicy quartet leads, loud and full, unwavering in their performance. Raisin dares to temper - and succeeds!! – but oak takes control; timeless, polished, rich and resonating. Vanilla and chocolate compliment each other in the background.
Finish : Light citrus zest, yet full and warming.