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Monday, 24 March 2008

Duty Bound to review a Macallan

The Macallan - OB - Elegancia - 12 Yo - 1992 / 2004 - Duty Free Only - 1L bottle

For our first review of The Macallan, we happen upon a bottle of 1992 Elegancia. Each year a different bottling of Elegancia is introduced and can only be purchased via Duty Free, hence the size of this bottling (1 ltr). The label reads "Exclusively matured in selected Oloroso and Fino Sherry oak casks from Jerez, Spain" and with this Macallan are really spoiling us...! The Elegancia had 2 previous releases (1990, 1991) and the 1992 came in the old style bottling before this edition was relased in the new style bottles (see above picture) in 2004.

Nose: Nutty; Walnuts mainly. A flutter of citrus fruit (limes) and a big toffee hit. The sherry notes add to the overal sweetness of the nose.

Palate: Brown sugar with a dash of spice, Sweet-cured bacon, a touch of orange. Lovely but a might too sweet.

Finish: The brown sugar lingers and when it leaves there is a feel of wholemeal bread with sweet butter and raisins. Very nice.

Overview: A very good dram. This is not very complex and all the character comes mostly from the mix of sherry casks. Not a problem, but it does mean this is a little too sweet for my liking. Like a very pretty lady with a lack of real personality!
- Joel