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The Macallan Classic Cut

If this was Whisky Facebook then my relationship with Macallan would probably be "It's complicated".   I love many of their products but they have also driven me crazy with some of their product and marketing decisions in recent years.  However at end of the day any of my attempts to compile a "Top 10" or even a shopping list usually feature something from Macallan.  After years of "so so" offerings this could well be their "Blood on the Tracks" (no apologies for the Bob Dylan reference) and it is a massive return to form by doing what they do best... sherry cask whisky and as an extra bonus they even upped the ABV to 52.9%.  My bottle was described as a 2019 Limited Edition.   The nose is classic dried fruits, citrus peels, ginger cake and orange marmalade.  The mouthfeel is creamy with sharp citrus notes, spike of alchohol (>50% ABV), cinnamon, almond marzipan and even the signature rubbery notes.  The finish has dark chocolate, black pepper and in my case, pure joy.    With a little water (it won't hurt at this level of ABV) the flavor gets more oaky and woody with milk chocolate. 

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  • Monday, 15 March 2021 13:35

    Manhattan Experiment: #58

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    Location: Squable, Houston, Texas

    Date: March 2021

    Price: $15.00

    Recipe: Old Grand Dad 114 proof, Cocchi vermouth di Torino, Carpano Antica vermouth, Angosturo and Regan's Orange bitters

    Garnish: Cherry

    Served: One large rock

    Comments: Nice all around Manhattan and like the kick of 114 proof bourbon but didn't get complexity the recipe ( 2 x vermouth, 2 x bitters) would suggest

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

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