Last month saw the Australian launch of the brand new 1824 series from Macallan. We had no qualms sampling the Series early after being delivered a bottle of Sienna prior to the event at Bar Blu and Sydney’s Shangri-La hotel. The 1824 Series features 3 expressions, Amber, Sienna and Ruby covering a diverse palate range from novice to experienced whisky drinker.
Interestingly the 1824 Series disregards an official age statement and focuses on the casking process. The main idea behind the 1824 concept was to let the wood of the cask, and the colour that it imparts into the whisky, do the talking and that certain colours in whisky relate to certain flavour characteristics. All three expressions travel through a selection of first fill and refill American and Spanish Oak, except the Ruby which is matured exclusively through first fill Spanish oak ex-sherry casks. Whilst no official age is given to each the ‘average age’ increases as you progress from the Amber to the Ruby.
The Amber is very easy to drink, a similar style to the Glenmorangie Nectar D’or, sweet vanilla, honey and sugar. The Sienna, which appeared to be the room favourite, is a more intense and darker whisky which starts a lot spicier on the palate but levels out with a smooth and warm finish. The Ruby steps things up again, much more complex with more woody notes and dried fruit.
As a collection the 1824 Series presents a solid range to cater for a lot of tastes and budgets. If you had all three in your bar you’d be unlucky to find a man or woman who wasn’t pleased to drink at least one of them, over and over again. Our pick was Sienna however we did enjoy an entire bottle of it so perhaps we’re a little bias -each are delicious in their own right and certainly worth a try!