Raise the Macallan is a fun, adventurous tasting event that is held throughout the United States. A Macallan representative brings along their finest scotch and teaches consumers how to smell, notice, and taste the world’s finest single malts on the market. The interactive tasting event started back in 1824, and the tradition continues today.
To attend a Raise the Macallan event, it is best that consumers familiarize themselves with this highly prized whiskey maker first. Also, reservations are required for the upcoming event online, and there is no fee to attend the tasting. The only requirement is a love of fine whiskey and the willingness to learn.
About the Macallan Scotch
Macallan whiskey comes from the Macallan Distillery. Macallan, per Wikipedia, is the third-largest seller of single malt whiskey, sending over 500,000 cases out to the public each year. In value, Macallan is the second-largest.
Initially, the Macallan cask strength was associated with their use of oak sherry casks from Spain. However, in 2004, Macallan began using a new product, which was their Fine Oak series of scotch. In this batch, whiskey is aged in a bourbon oak cask as well as a sherry one for maximum flavor.
Today, there are a variety of rare single match scotches from this distillery, and they are some of the finest in the world.
The Macallan 12-Year
The Macallan 12-Year Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whiskey has a sweet aroma with oaky flavors. As one sips on it, the flavors expand into molasses, honey, marzipan, vanilla, cinnamon, and cocoa butter. On the palate, it is sweet and creamy; then it transitions to a buttery, nutty, and almost bacon-like finish.
The Macallan 12-Year price is one of the more affordable from this famous distillery, averaging over $50 per 750ml, but no more than $75.
The Macallan 50-Year
This is the most prestigious whiskey in the world, and it is a favorite collectible that was originally sold in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom for an affordable price. As the reputation grew, this 50-year scotch had a rapid price increase, and it is now on the list of one of the most expensive whiskeys in the world.
The Macallan 50-Year got its start in 1928 at the Speyside distillery location. It was bottled in 1983, and there are only 500 bottles ever released from this batch. It is an old scotch that most look at as an investment rather than something they would drink.
The average price for a single bottle of Macallan 50-Year averages over $43,000 in the United States – and, that is if a person can find one for sale.
What Does a 50-Year Old Single Malt Whiskey Taste Like?
The 1928 Macallan comes in a wooden box and is so authentic it has sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
This whiskey is made from three casks that were distilled from 1926 to 1928, so the whiskey is 55 years old. It has a naturally low cask strength of 38.6 percent, and it was one of the few casks released under thestandard 40 percent cask strength.
Unfortunately, there are few people who have tasted this whiskey available to share their insights about it. Most who acquire the whiskey keep it with pride and never drink it.
Even the manufacturer’s original letter tells owners of the rare variety to sip it on a very special occasion and sparingly. They compare it to a rare cognac.
Those who have tasted it describe the flavor as golden fruits, cocoa-like oak, peach, melon, honey, gingerbread, marzipan, and anise. They also say that it is so smooth, that the flavors are subtle and no flavor overpowers another. Everything is in perfect harmony inside this bottle, and that is something that takes decades to develop.
What Macallan Could a Consumer Find?
Most of the Macallan’s are rare finds, especially those from the scarce and vintage collection. However, there are still some in circulation that are easier to acquire, such as the Macallan 1962, which is a 15-Year-Old Fine & Rare variety of whiskey.
The Macallan 18-Year Old Sherry Cask is also easier to find, along with the vintage Macallan 30-Year-Old Signatory whiskey.
Notes About Old, Vintage Whiskey
Most old and rare whiskeys are not meant to be consumed, which is why they may have sediment or deteriorated seals. Instead, they are designed for display, and they are considered a significant investment.