The Macallan Ruby is arguably the jewel in the crown of Macallan’s 1824 series of no aged statement whiskies. It is a whisky matured exclusively in first fill European Oak casks and bottled at 43%. We were delighted to try this at the Stourbridge Whisky Festival in April, and subsequently at a Tweet Tasting organised by Steve Rush of The Whisky Wire.
Here are our thoughts on this delightfully rich whisky; if Macallan keep releasing whisky of this quality then we will be very happy people!
Macallan Ruby [43%]
A fabulous colour and a fabulous spirit. This whisky is a beauty and one of the stars of the Macallan 1824 series. Personally it is my second favourite after Sienna but if you enjoy your sherried whisky then this is well worth a look – hats off to Macallan!
Nose: Deep and rich. There is a wave of stewed fruits (cherries and raisins) combined with the almondness of marzipan and a touch of grated 100% dark chocolate. There is an interplay between used coffee grounds and fresh tobacco leaf that is wrapped up in a whiff of smoke. Finally there is a slight menthol edge to the scent.
Palate: This is a decadent whisky. It is velvety in texture and is reminiscent of what I can only describe as ‘molten fruitcake’. Then there is the Thai chili heat combined with some of the dark chocolate that we detected on the nose. It is a meaty cloying whisky, yet is has a sweeter side as was evidenced through the hazelnut praline at the back of the throat.
Finish: Very long and warming. Much like the prickle of freshly ground pepper