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The Macallan Double Cask

Uncompromised Excellence in the Sherry Bodegas

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

No Space for Compromise

On the exceptional and difficult path of our wood story, there comes a marked period of waiting. This is an active pause, during which time our casks are imbued with the rich characteristics of sherry wine.

Once the casks have been crafted, toasted and given the seal of approval by Stuart MacPherson, our Master of Wood, they are transported to the sherry bodegas, where they will be filled with rich and dark sherry wine.


A Long Journey

Our collaboration with Steve McCurry resulted in breathtaking photography across magnificent landscapes, documenting the beauty of our wood story. Deep in the Spanish bodegas he captured the unique conditions that create the environment for our sherry seasoned oak casks.

The Albazira Advantage

The region of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, contains a distinct climate that allows for the cultivation of grapes. The sherry bodegas we work with grow grapes in Albariza soil; this chalky white ground is ideal for growing Palomino grapes. 

This soil is able to absorb and retain immense quantities of water during the rainy season, which enables the grape vines to thrive in the heat of summer when there is no rain. Under the hot spanish sun, the upper levels of soil create a hard baked crust, which prevents the deeper layers of soil from drying out. The chalky white colour of the soil also aids in photosynthesis, by reflecting the sunlight back up to the plants. 

Once ripe, the grapes are harvested by hand, and made into sherry wine. It is this rich and dry sherry that fills our casks, and is left to patiently season for approximately 12-18 months. 

The Distinction of Double Cask

The variation in wood grain, permeability and tannin levels of American and European oak means that the characteristics of sherry influence the two cask types in very different ways.

The Macallan Double Cask range harmoniously combines American and European oak sherry seasoned casks, bringing together unique flavours and characteristics from each of the cask types.

Discover The Macallan Double Cask Range

Crafted without compromise from American and European oak sherry seasoned casks, The Macallan Double Cask range is the culmination of this difficult journey of the wood. It celebrates a depth of character through the harmonious union of two cask types.

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