It may be hard to imagine today, but for much of the 20th century, Macallan Reflexion was primarily a constituent malt in blends. It was not until the 1980s downturn in the market that the distillery decided to focus on its single malt brand. Fortuitously, this coincided with the crest of a wave of enthusiasm for the high quality releases that the distillery had licensed to Campbell, Hope & King and Gordon & McPhail in the 1960s and 1970s. These remain some of the most collectible on the market. While global single malt sales volume is still lead by Speyside neighbours, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, Macallan is easily the most sought after. So much so in fact, that they had to open a brand new distillery in 2018, a subterranean architectural masterpiece within the Easter Eliches estate, boasting 36 copper pot stills.
Producers Tasting Notes
Orange and citrus open up fading to fresh green apples. Then chocolate, thick fudge, boiled sweets, and aniseed overwhelm whilst white chocolate truffles are hidden.
Light citrus zest with new oak gives way to a juicier sweetness of lemon and orange. Raisin, sultana, and apple with a hint of cinnamon and ginger.
Medium and soft.
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