This is a 17 year expression from Macallan which is matured in a combination of ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks. It’s bottled at 43% ABV.
Nose: Caramel & vanilla, candied apples, not much sherry coming through. Cinnamon, red wine vinegar, and toasted walnuts.
Palate: Caramel & fudge with black tea – oak heavy with sweet notes developing after a bit. Black cherries, honey, and biscuits.
Finish: Bitter oak and dark chocolate with cherries lingering and anise appearing shortly.
Rating: 85/100 – At a higher proof, I’d think this has a lot of potential, but still enjoyable at 43% for an easy sipper.
Value for the money: Lowest US retail I’ve seen is $140, with it looking to average closer to $175 or so. As with most Macallans, it’s overpriced, and I’d not pay full retail. I’d pay up to about $80-90 or so based on what you’re getting.