Dram Review: The Macallan Rare Cask Black

[48%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Edition]

Nose:

The semi-indulging cured black cherry note is there, a combination of the oiliness of the malt and the tannins from the wood.  A generous dose of chocolate sundae sauce, carrying only a slight tinge of meatiness; the peat is hardly noticeable, only traces of ashes and dirts.

Palate & Finish:

Dark chocolate sauce with a high sugar content, a brush of coconut oil running across a glimpse of controlled acidity out of the raisins.  The creamy malt sips out from under the sauciness to reveal some ashy residues that would only marginally qualify as peat.

The finishing is quite simple, with the chocolate sauce stretching on..

Thoughts:

As expected, the Rare Cask Black is another attempt by a Speyside distillery to incorporate peat into their portfolio.. but even then this feels like the guys were playing it a bit too safe.  Perhaps next they will decide to create something that will knock some socks off.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

Thank you Mr. Walczak for the great photo.

-Nicholas