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The Macallan Double Cask

Capturing the Mastery of Wood and Spirit

E600CA23-A5CF-4F30-BC0F-7E8B830451E0@2x Jun 03 2021 · 3 min read

The incredible wood journey that underpins The Macallan Double Cask, as seen through the lens of globally renowned photographer Steve McCurry, documents the people, places and processes involved in the production of The Macallan’s exceptional oaks casks. This journey culminates on The Macallan Estate in Speyside, Scotland.

There, our American and European oak sherry seasoned casks are filled with The Macallan new-make spirit and laid to patiently mature in our warehouses. Following years of slumber, The Macallan’s Whisky Mastery Team use their skill and expertise to select the best balance of spirit from both the American and European oak sherry seasoned casks to create The Macallan Double Cask. 

Custodians for The Macallan Whisky

The Whisky Mastery Team carefully monitors the maturation of our spirit, sampling and discerning the potential for the distinct characteristics that make up The Macallan Double Cask. This team are experts in the art of crafting whisky, and each bring their own strengths to the task. Only once a cask has reached its full potential will it be carefully selected. 

The Macallan Whisky Master Team
The Macallan Double Cask range is created from a combination of American and European oak sherry seasoned casks to create its distinctive style. Numerous factors influence the spirit’s rate of maturation, such as the temperature and humidity levels of the environment, and the size of the cask being used.

For The Macallan Double Cask we use a combination of American and European oak cask sizes, including hogsheads, sherry butts and puncheons. Every oak cask of single malt spirit maturing at The Macallan Estate has its own personality, with unique distinctions. These are united to enable each distinct characteristic to be perfectly balanced in harmony for each of the 12, 15 and 18 Years Old expressions.

Bringing together American and European oak sherry seasoned casks to achieve the perfect balance of flavours is incredibly exciting for the Whisky Mastery Team, and we are proud to offer two new expressions to this distinctive range.

Kirsteen Campbell The Macallan Master Whisky Maker

Meet The Master of Wood

The Whisky Mastery Team is a six person strong team that includes Stuart MacPherson, The Macallan Master of Wood. He oversees the entire journey of the wood, working closely with the cooperages in Jerez, Spain, as well as our team at The Macallan Estate in Speyside, Scotland.

Stuart is the primary source of information on The Macallan’s oak casks and the vital influence they have on the character of The Macallan whisky. As part of the Whisky Mastery Team, maturation and whisky making work hand in hand from the very beginning of the journey to bring out the best of spirit and wood. The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colour and distinctive aromas and flavours of the whisky.

Distinctly Versatile

The Macallan Double Cask captures The Macallan’s continued commitment to the pursuit of uncompromised excellence. The flavour of the range is honey, sweet and rounded, delivering a distinctive American oak style. The delicate flavour of American oak – vanilla, citrus and light oak - rises in prominence as The Macallan’s traditional character of rich fruit, sherry and wood spice affords a familiar backdrop.

The skills, dedication and knowledge of the Whisky Mastery Team have created a range of expressions that are distinctly versatile. The unique characteristics come to life when enjoyed neat, with ice or in a serve. The new Double Cask expressions demonstrate The Macallan’s enduring desire to go beyond the ordinary, to seek out the extraordinary, and create peerless single malts.

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