So I have sold a tonne of Macallan gold but never actually tried it myself. Macallan’s 1824 series sees the Gold officially as the baby of the group. They brought back the sherry finish/maturation that made them famous after the awful reputation that the fine oak series awarded them.
The gold replaced the 10 year old on price point. Not officially a ten year old since Macallan have opted to denote the quality of this NAS range by colour.
Colour: Golden (as the name suggests)
Nose: Strong citrus and vanilla tones, light sherry, wood spice and a slight hint of nut buried deep.
Palate: light wood spice, sweet fruits, sherry and oak coming through and finally nuts and malt cover the palate.
Finish: Strong wood spice, nutty and fruit taste remains.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this low end NAS offering. Nice dram. Good flavour profile. Its got the burn of a young whiskey but that is to be expected with the replacement for the ten. Bottles retail here in Ireland for 63.99. Probably not going to buy a bottle for myself but definitely wouldn’t turn my nose up at a glass
I was disappointed by this release, think it served to push me towards the anti-NAS lobby. And 64 for a NAS is kinda taking the mick anyway, or maybe I’m just poor.