If you follow the blog you’ll notice I write quite a bit about beer, Bourbon, and wine and rarely talk about other spirits. The reason is pretty simple, I write about what I have most often. Yesterday I reached into the back of the bar and grabbed and ignored bottle of Macallan Cask Strength. I don’t drink much Scotch because I don’t particularly care for how dry it finishes. I do appreciate the peaty smoke flavor, but I’d prefer to have Bourbon most nights. Anyway last night I pulled out the whiskey snifter and poured a bit of the 58.4% ABV Scotch which was aged in sherry barrels from Jerez, Spain. With the high alcohol content it was a bit hot for my tastes so I added a few drops of water until it bloomed and became silky smooth. The sherry in the nose was fantastic and the peat level was sublime.
Now for the bad news folks. This Scotch is not produced anymore. All I knew when I bought it many moons ago was that I liked it with a splash of water and it had some nice sherry notes. Turns out they discontinued the line in 2013. You may be able to find it hiding on a shelf somewhere, so go scour those shelves. The photo below is similar to the bottle I have, the newer bottles have a white label with a red band which says Cask Strength. Good luck!