Happy Holidays folks. Or non folks, if you aren’t folks, filks. Or something. I don’t really know.
Right now I’m trying to get my Crown before I go to Montreal for New Years. Which I’m excited about. A lot.
Anyway, I’ve been interested in the 1824 series for quite a long time. At first I played it off as dumb. Let’s be honest: We’re adults. We can read, and be interested in whisky, and if something says “12 sherry oak”, we can look up which sherry or how long or anything like that. Instead we are told colours.
And that seems a little silly.
Anyway, as I learn more, I find out that it’s 100% sherry casked, and there’s no added colour. And that, in and of itself, made my ears perk up. Sure, it’s NAS. But there’s a lot of NAS and that’s here to stay now. I personally wish they would just genital-up and put the age, even if it’s young.
So here’s the second in the line-up, Macallan Amber. Named after a Stripper who wears panties that are the same colour…. if I was in charge.
Anyway, that’s all I have on this, so let’s see how it tastes, shall we?
Price: $99.95 (CAD) at the LCBO
Colour: I’m suppose to say “Amber” here, but I’ll say 7.5YR 5/8
Nose: Raisin, fig, raspberry, orange, musk, caramel, mushroom
Sherry influence is evident ehre, more so than the Gold. Wonder what kind of sherry it was… maybe oloroso? Probably. How’s the weather?
The musk and mushroom elements are a little stronger than I’d want.
Taste: Raisin, caramel, strawberry, clove, pepper
Light notes throughout. It’s a good blend of whisky and sherry, however it’s not too complex and the flavours are missing some of their vibrancy.
Like, I’m sitting here, as I write this (in the past) eating some blue cheese, and it is missing some of the balls to the wall flavour too, so these match up in some ways. Or disgusted you, because it’s blue cheese and you don’t like it.
Because there’s something wrong with you.
Finish: Raisin, dust, raspberry, ginger, carrot, mushroom
The earth is too strong on the finish, however not in a “gross” way, more so in a technical sense.
Very short finish as well.
Conclusion: Nice nose, okay (if weak) taste, and blah finish. Is it amazing? No, not really. I see what they were going for, and there’s evidence of good balance in the taste and nose. I wish that it wasn’t watered down to 40%, because I really think it could have shined more.
Oh well. Maybe next time Macallan.
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