Macallan Classic Cut 2017 Edition is the latest release (at least for the US market, as this edition is not officially available in Europe at the moment) from the famous Speyside distillery of Macallan. According to the company, this edition carries a flavor profile which is special and unique which will never be repeated in the future.
Based on the color scheme used, especially the bold red ‘Classic Cut’ mark on the front label as well as the crimson red borders, and the high ABV, a lot of enthusiasts see this edition as the new incarnation of the once popular but discontinued ‘Cask Strength’ edition. There is no official remark about this expression being cask strength so we can safely assume that some sort of diluting has happened on the way.
The front label on Macallan Classic Cut 2017 Edition reads;
“Exclusively matured in hand picked sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, Spain & Bottled to reveal the extraordinary character of a timeless spirit”
Back label provides some additional information;
“The Macallan Classic Cut reveals the unrivaled commitment to the mastery of spirit and wood for which The Macallan has been known since it was established in 1824. Exclusively matured in oak casks seasoned with Oloroso sherry from Jerez, Spain, The Macallan Classic Cut has been bottled by The Macallan Master Whisky Maker to bring forth the full character of this timeless spirit. With its full, heightened flavors of creamy vanilla, sweet ginger and warming oak, this is an extraordinary single malt to savor in your own time.”
Macallan Classic Cut 2017 Edition is a NAS product and comes without any coloring additives. There is no clear information regarding the filtration. At the time of this post, it is available from US retailers and websites with a price tag at 90$. – 100$. No information is available regarding the release date for the other markets.
Macallan Classic Cut 2017 Edition Whisky Tasting Notes
Color: Darkened gold with bronze hues…
Nose: Very similar to Macallan Sherry Oak editions… the impact of juicy dark fruits – raisins, sultanas, and prunes – are less dominant… this lets the other flavor characteristics to show up more… presence of oak along with vanilla and honey is strong… some ginger and nutmeg…
Palate: Smooth and velvety mouth covering texture… warm red fruit compote covered with caramel… wood influence is very distinct on the palate… strong nutmeg and ginger tingle the tongue while vanilla and chocolate balance the overall character… Some faint zestiness in the form of orange and lemon peels…
Finish: Medium to long finish… Dry oaky aftertaste with a spicy touch
Can this expression replace ‘Cask Strength Edition’? I do not think so. This bottle may have the high ABV content and sherry cask maturation, but I think it lacks one crucial element of Whisky making – the age. The aromas and flavors are there but in my humble opinion they still need time to really sink in to become the next ‘Cask Strength’.
Did I enjoy this dram? Absolutely. This is a well-balanced high ABV expression with its own character. Especially when compared to some of the other core bottles from Macallan, this is a welcoming sight.