Malt Resistance

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Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Lowering of Standards at the House of Macallan (I)

Well, I just received news that as feared (some would say predicted) in earlier posts, the Macallan Exclusively Matured in Sherry Casks will no longer be available in certain markets!

Here's the quote found between obscenely self-congratulatory paragraphs from a mass mailing send to me and inumerable others:

"In many markets Fine Oak will be the only available Macallan"

Yeah, this is true. The remedy? Cross your fingers, close your eyes and hope, hope, that your country is not the part of the "markets" who'se consumer will only be able to get the new, "no-longer-exclusively-matured-in sherry-casks" Macallan!

If you are part of the unlucky millions to see your Sherry Macallan confiscated as it were, I am sure that Whisky-Whore Jim Murray's opinion (as quoted by the Macallan) that the aforementioned release is the best in years, will be real comforting! Oh, and incredibly, there is an add for Jim Murray's new book in that very mass mailing by the Macallan. I guess they have no shame: thanks for plugging our lower quality offering, how about some free advertising? Its high time that this ethically challenged reviewer lost some credibility!

Announcing the upcoming Chronicle of Edrington's lowering of standards at the Macallan

This is the latest instalement of the sad tale of misdeeds, mistakes, and downright incompetent actions commited by the bean counters at the Edrington Group. Motivated by greed, increased world market sales in other words, the corporate officers at the Edrington Group have drastically lowered the standards and sullyed the name of their star product: The Macallan. This is a nasty tale where both the consumer and the quality of the product lose out, but it must and will be told. Stay tuned.

7 Comments:

Blogger Dinkel said...

Macallan Bourbon:

When I first heard of Macallan's "fine oak", the idea appealed to me. I have always felt that some single malts from sherry cask -- especially the more delicate ones -- have some of their fine characteristics overpowered by the sherry. I generally find that malt from bourbon casks gives a more true flavor of the malt itself, without "other" influences. Thus I am always interested when I see an independent bottling of something from bourbon that is more often / traditionally sherry matured.

The bourbon-aged Macallan sounded like it was a perfect candidate for me -- a great malt with all of the traditional speyside characteristics but without being overly influenced by the sherry.
Sadly, I was terribly disappointed. I can only assume that the bourbon casks used were second or third fill (which would not be unusual if in fact these casks were originally laid down for blending as much of what I have read indicates). The resulting malt was not completely without character, but was suprizingly close. The taste was like that of a much younger malt with very little wood influence, and the fabulous malty-sweet speyside characteristics were nearly non-existant. Too bad. If I were Macallan, I would have serious second thoughts about putting my name on this stuff.

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