Macallan Rare Cask

70cl / 43%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Macallan Rare Cask
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Macallan Rare Cask is comprised of 16 different sherry-cask styles, the majority of which are first fill. Rich and complex with notes of dark honey and dried fruit, this bridges the gap between The 1824 Series and The 1824 Collection.
Distillery Bottling


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Ginger Ginger
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Raisins Raisins
  • Milk Chocolate Milk Chocolate
  • Oak Oak

Macallan Rare Cask Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by The Whisky Exchange

    Nose: Vanilla, raisins and with apples, oranges, and spicy ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

    Palate: Echoing the nose, but with spice up front supported by raisin and vanilla in the background.

    Finish: Chocolate and raisins fade to light notes of citrus zest.

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Colour: Mahogany

    Nose: Opulent, yet soft and slightly meandering, picture an orchestra setting up: quiet vanilla with deep notes, already in tune; raisin bold and booming, though only in spells; chocolate a star performer, but not a standout; a sweet ensemble of apple, lemon and orange, beautifully balanced with a spicy quartet of root ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Then oak conducts, mature and elegant, with patience only time delivers.

    Palate: The spicy quartet leads, loud and full, unwavering in their performance. Raisin dares to temper - and succeeds!! – but oak takes control; timeless, polished, rich and resonating. Vanilla and chocolate compliment each other in the background.

    Finish: Light citrus zest, yet full and warming

21 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    28 September 2018

    Sherry sweetness with a little caramel and toffee. Perfect for me!

  • 1
    16 July 2018

    Macallan is pretty professional in making NAS trash nowadays. Bitter oak with bizarre aroma, a disgrace to Scotch Single Malt

  • 5
    7 June 2018

    If you are interested in trying this delightfully sweet and spicy masterpiece this price cannot be beat. If you purchase direct from Macallan you'll pay and extra ?40. So for this price it is an absolute steal.

  • 5
    9 May 2018

    Opulent and complex, full of details. Interesting ginger & peppery finish and sweet at the end. Meets producer's tasting notes.

  • 1
    9 May 2018

    A disgrace. Bitter and sour with a lousy after-taste. Glendronach is 100 times better at a 1/5 of the cost. Avoid. Horrible!

  • 5
    25 April 2018

    NAS at this price point is amazing! If it had an age statement, they would be forced to put "12 year" or something as you need to list the youngest age. That would do the whisky injustice as it contains much older whiskies. Even just 1% of 12 year old would require that. A fantastic time for scotch whisky. Glendronach has nothing on this.

  • 1
    15 April 2018

    NAS at this price point is absurd. It is a sign of the end times for scotch whisky. Glendronach 12 is better than this swill. For a fraction of the cost.

  • 4
    17 March 2018

    Had the privilege to be invited to a dinner and tasting hosted by Macallan master distiller Nick Savage. We tasted the Rare Cask, 25 yr and Reflexion V5. The only reason I give it a 4 star is that the 25 yr is the smoothest dram I ever had, and the Reflexion took that smoothness and made it more bold and complex. Otherwise it's superb, bought a bottle will buy the others when I hit the lottery.

  • 4
    14 February 2018

    Glendronach 18 blows it out of the water for less than half the price. Still 4 stars.

  • 4
    4 February 2018

    Has anyone tried and have compared to Macallan's 25?

  • 5
    4 February 2018

    Ignorant... It is all that I have to say to those who do not understand or know anything about scotches. Macallan rare cask is for only the ones who know how to appriciate an excellent scotch. Do not miss the aromas...

  • 5
    1 January 2018

    Excellent overall. Great tasting. Very rich. No complaints AT ALL.

  • 5
    17 November 2017

    Replaced the Macallan 18 as my favorite. Smooth and complex with just a gentle kiss of smoke and peat.

  • 5
    14 August 2017

    Outstanding and complex as the tasting notes mention. Smooth - I add a splash of water- and full of dried fruit and spices. Better than Macallan's 18 in my opinion.

  • 5
    4 June 2017

    A stunning smooth single malt maturated in redundant Sherry casks. I disagree with Sat! You pay for excellence. It's to be expected. I've had it a few times at specialist whiskey ?? bars. Roughly ?15. "Lovely".

  • 5
    13 May 2017

    Why settle for less? This Scotch is the sweet spot.

  • 5
    15 January 2017

    One of the best

  • 1
    27 December 2016

    Marketing over substance. Fancy packaging and beautifully designed glass bottle, are in lieu of what's most important. There is no depth to taste and better whiskies can be had for half the price

  • 5
    4 October 2016

    The Macallan Rare Cask. Affordable investment, without doubt.

  • 5
    27 August 2016

    An outstanding blend! Perfectly smooth. One of the best I've tried

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