Friday, April 19, 2013

The Macallan at High Steaks







Here at High Steaks Steakhouse we are proud to feature the 12, 18 & 25 year Macallan Single Malt Scotch. Below, we have provided you with some information about this unique product.

The Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky Highlands, Scotland
Whisky authorities typically consider The Macallan a
notable Speyside Single Malt. Currently produced bottles
of The Macallan indicate it is a Highland Single Malt,
and the website for the brand indicates that "The Original
and Spiritual Home" of The Macallan is Speyside.
Originally, The Macallan was matured only in oak sherry casks brought to the distillery from Jerez, Spain. Beginning in 2004, The Macallan introduced a new main product, the Fine Oak series, with the whisky mellowed in bourbon oak casks as well as sherry ones.




One of very few distilleries that commisions the building of oak casks to their specification. They will use american or spanish oak for the barrels, and then send them to Jerez to use for sherry production. After the first vintage, the barrels are shipped back to scotland for The Macallan’s use.
Macallan also recently produces a “Fine Oak” series of single malts, where First fill bourbon casks are used in addition to sherry casks for maturation.
Water comes from springs near the river spey on the Macallan estate. Barley is also sourced locally. The hearty shell of the barley protects the inside of the grain from foul weather, and contributes to the oily mouthfeel of the spirit.




Spirit is distilled twice in copper stills to an alcohol level of 72%. The shape of the stills is unique for macallan, and they are much smaller than the typical pot still.
Only 16% of the spirit is collected and placed in barrel for maturation. This is refered to as the “fine cut”. The Macallan’s fine cut is much smaller, and therefore of higher quality, than the majority of Scotch distilleries. The rest is usually sold to producers of blended whiskys.
The color is 100% natural. Spanish oak has a more open grain and contributes darker colors, while the tighter grained american oak has a lighter, more finessed impact on the color and flavor of the spirit. Seasoning, & toast levels also impact the final spirit.
The Macallan’s master blender then “marries” several casks together to achieve the correct flavor for the spirit. Spring water is added to dilute the whisky, and it is then bottled. Special edition, Single cask bottlings are an exception to this.

For more information about Macallan Scotch Whiskey you can visit their website at:
www.themacallan.com

We look forward to your next visit to Hight Steaks, don't forget to ask about Macallan while your here.