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The Macallan Diamond Jubilee Whisky

The Macallan Diamond Jubilee Whisky.

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I am told this whisky is made up from several casks from the 1990s, the earliest being 1991 and the oldest apparently is not 1999, so 14+ it must be then. With only 2012 bottles available, this won’t last long on the primary market.

So to the whisky:

The Macallan Diamond Jubilee Whisky © Colin Hampden-White

The Macallan Diamond Jubilee Whisky © Colin Hampden-White

Colour:

Dark golden – mid caramel.

Nose:

A light toffee note comes just before the alcohol kicks in. Then dried fruits of apricots and plums, a little heather and caramel.

Palate:

Smooth at first with apricots and honey. The 52% gives a warming heat which is not overpowering and ideal for the style and richness of the whisky, nether too powerful or too light. After the warmth subsides a little marzipan laps over the already prevalent sherry flavours and a touch of orange peel. There comes a small amount of sweetness of flowers and smoke.

Finish:

A long finish with waves of rich sherry and higher floral notes interweaving with each other and with wisps of smoke.

Overall a wonderfully complex whisky and very moreish. Whisky of which (unfortunately) very little will actually touch the lips of mere mortals. I suspect there will be more bottles placed neatly on a shelf than ever will be opened except by those who can easily afford the current £350 ticket and probably quite a bit more, once this sells out and hits the secondary market.

 

The Macallan Diamond Jubilee Whisky © Colin Hampden-White

The Macallan Diamond Jubilee Whisky © Colin Hampden-White

My advice: If you can’t afford simply to buy and drink one, buy two. Drink one and in a while sell the other to pay for the first. Or raid the piggy bank. I think as many people as possible should have the chance to drink this great dram.

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