A very special release from The Single Malts of Scotland: a 36-year-old Macallan bottled from a single cask under the Director's Special label. Rather than Macallan's trademark sherry-cask-forward flavour, this whisky is wrapped up in orchard fruit, vanilla and soft spice.
Classic Speyside notes of rich citrus and exotic fruit with a nutty background. Cloudy honey follows, drizzled over warm buttered toast. Sweet spice develops: nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. The spice is sprinkled on custard, itself poured over autumn fruit: crunchy red apples and conference pears.
The buttery and creamy texture carries flavours of peach and mandarin orange across the palate. Bursts of barley sugar and warming nutmeg spice provide a counterpoint to soft, tropical citrus fruit. Behind the fruit and spice there are notes of vanilla sponge cake soaked in triple sec and gentle toasted oak.
Lingering dry spice and aromatic lemon tea.