Has Macallan Finally Run Out of Old Sherry Casks?

by Oliver Klimek on January 28, 2010

The Whisky Store, a major German online retailer for whisky, just reported in their German language forum that at a tasting for the company staff, Macallan officials had confirmed that there will not be any new bottlings of sherry cask Macallans of age 18 and older anymore.

If this turns out to be true, it would truly be a great shock for the whisky community. The Macallan’s reputation of being the “Rolls Royce of Scotch Whisky” was largely founded upon the exceptional quality of their older sherry cask bottlings. If this base is going to break away, Macallan runs the risk to ultimatively fall back into the continuum of middle-of-the-road distilleries.

The introduction of the Fine Oak series some years ago had already made it obvious that Macallan was having a hard time to find enough sherry casks for their whisky, despite the fact that they have even been commisioning their own sherry casks in Spain. But now it seems that the supply of sherry casks is barely strong enough to maintain production of  their standard 10yo and 12yo bottlings.

Let’s just hope that this sad situation will change again to the better in the future.

Update: Macallan just stated on Twitter that old sherry expressions will continue to be bottled, but they will be rare. Take this as an example of how quick things can go with the Web 2.0. A disturbing rumor could be dispelled within only a a few hours .

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wolfandwhisky February 8, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Meanwhile, a Balvenie ambassador just recently informed me that they have years upon years of stock – so no risk to the DoubleWood anytime soon!

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Oliver February 8, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Could it be that you confused Balvenie and Macallan?

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wolfandwhisky February 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm

No no – sorry, my comment does seem vague. I meant that Balvenie could serve as a substitute if you were in need of a Sherry fix. Said somewhat tongue-in-cheek, as I rather enjoy Macallan, especially for their sweeter complexities.

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Oliver February 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Now got it. I really like the Doublewood, but I think the character is quite different from a Macallan. And it was the 18+ yo bottlings that seemed to be the problem. Generally I think that it’s not a problem to find good affordable sherry drams on the market.

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