SPEYMALT - Macallan 1997Speyside Single Grain Malt Whisky
Tasting Notes, undiluted: Nose: Intense fruits - apples, bananas and pears. Slight fragrant/floral note with subtle sherry aromas developing. Palate: Sweet with malty and heather notes. Rich fruit cake flavours with a subtle sherry influence.
With water: Nose: Apple skins with some gorse/bracken aromas and a toasted maltiness. Palate: Malty initially with spices and nutty flavours developing. Some creamy and chocolate elements. Body: Light to Medium. Finish: Malty with nutty flavours.
Cask Type: Refill Sherry Casks.
Whisky Style: Lighter in style, displaying more 'distillery' character.
There has probably been whisky made on the Macallan site, on a small hill overlooking the Spey near Craigellachie , since the late 1700s. The first licenced disllation at Macallan is said to have taken place in the earliest days of legalised production, in 1824.
The distillery changed hands several times throughout the 19th century and in 1894 the distillery was bought by Elgin merchant, Roderick Kemp ( who also owned Talisker on Skye).
Due to demand for the whisky the distillery has been modernised and extended over the years. In the 1950s the output was trebled and further increased in the 1960s. Warehousing was also increased at this time. In 1990 a vast cask warehouse was built - at the time the largest single roof warehouse in Europe.