The Macallan Classic Cut 2020 Review

April 15, 2023
David Sunnyside

macallan classic cut 2020 review

Macallan is one of the most popular single malt whiskies in the world, with a long history and an illustrious reputation for its quality and superior flavor. It’s also a brand with a lot of cache, which can help explain its high price tag – especially when it hits auction.

The Macallan Classic Cut 2020 Review

The fourth incarnation of the Macallan classic cut series is a stunning expression that is bottled at 110 proof to let the full flavour shine. It combines The Macallan’s signature sherry-seasoned European oak casks with ex-bourbon American oak casks, which gives this dram its unique and rich profile that has a sweet lightness that’s brought by the ex-bourbon.

It was created by the Macallan’s Whisky Mastery Team, headed by Polly Logan, and offers an exceptional showcase of The Macallan’s mastery of wood. The different cask types offer an unrivalled range of flavours and aromas.

In creating this new release, The Macallan’s Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno, hand-selected and proportioned a total of eight different cask types to ensure the flavours from the casks were well represented.

While the ages of each of the whiskies used in the Classic Cut aren’t revealed, it’s safe to say that they’re old – this particular bottling comes from three sherry-seasoned Spanish oak casks from 1942, 1945 and 1946.

It’s one of the rarer Macallans to be made available and it’s a stunning example of the quality that has made the distillery so popular. However, it’s also a very expensive whisky – it recently sold at auction for a whopping $464,000!

David Sunnyside
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