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 .