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The Macallan Ruby Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Traditionally one of the ‘Grand Marques’ of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Macallan have been on a marketing revision that’s lasted several decades. Most recently they announced a new range to replace their ”Fine Oak” and ”Sherry Oak” ranges – the “1824 Series” (in reference to the year the distillery was founded).
All the whiskies in the range are from ex-sherry casks – these include both European and American oak casks, of which there is a mix of first-fill and second-fill casks. These are of differing ages, with the ‘average age’ increasing as you progress through the series, with the darker colours said to be more representative of traditional Macallan.
Reportedly, “…part of the impetus for change comes from Macallan’s initiative to alleviate consumer confusion with regards to their Fine Oak and Sherry Oak ranges—but it is also a bold step intended to challenge some of the established norms that have developed in relation to age-statement whiskies”.
Macallan’s contention seems plausible to this point – afterall, anyone whose sampled whiskies of vastly divergent ages will have come across relatively young whiskies that belie their youth, as well as extremely old whiskies that have fallen out of balance after an excessive period in oak. Hence, age statements are exactly what they appear to be – but they’re not a certificate of style or quality.
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