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There is no doubt that The Macallan leads the pack in ultra-aged, sherry-aged single malt whiskey (not to mention the prices these bottles command at auction). But this new forty-something whiskey Since The single person spent almost two-thirds of its maturation in sherry casks, and although the effects are more subtle than The Macallan, it is just as delicious.
The single person is one of many whiskey brands owned by Diageo, and it’s actually made at three different distilleries – Dufftown, Glendullan and Glen Ord – which is unusual in the Scotch whiskey world. This new 40-year-old single malt comes from the last of these three distilleries, and is the latest and oldest release in the aptly titled Epicurean Odyssey Series (the previous two whiskeys were aged 38 and 39 respectively). According to the brand, the reason it was given this name is that it is a whiskey meant to be paired with food – and in this case it has collaborated with Eunji Leethe pastry chef at Lysée in New York, who created a pecan financier to match the flavor profile.
The Singleton 40 Year Old was aged for its first 12 years in bourbon casks, before being re-barreled in 13 barrels which were seasoned with a special blend of PX and Oloroso sherry for another 28 years. Finally, eight of these casks were finished in Zacapa XO and Royal Rum casks, then blended with the remaining five casks. Obviously, this journey of maturation is very different from The Macallan which is normally fully aged in sherry casks, but it’s still a very long time for a whiskey to pass through this type of wood. This is a lovely single malt – absent are the usual extreme tropical fruit notes that lead the palate of an aged whiskey for this length of time. The vanilla custard starts things off, with notes of spice, raisin rum, banana, apple and orange. There’s a hint of mint and dark chocolate on the finish – mint chocolate chips, if you will – followed by mango and pineapple. So yes, there is some of that tropical fruit note, but it’s more subtle than you might think. And at 45.9% ABV, there’s a welcome bit of heat in every sip.
There are just over 1,700 bottles of The Singleton 40 Year Old available worldwide, and only 126 are made in the United States. Indeed, it’s a great whiskey to pair with a financier or any after-dinner treat, but it’s also just a great single malt. to sip before or during dinner. And its price is $3,755, which is actually kind of a steal, if you can find it (check BookBar).
- 100: It’s worth exchanging your firstborn for
- 95 – 99 At the Pantheon: A trophy for the firm
- 90 – 94 Great: An enthusiastic wink from friends when you pour them a drink
- 85 – 89 Very Good: Delicious enough to buy, but not special enough to seek aftermarket
- 80 – 84 Good: More of your everyday drinker, strong and reliable
- Below 80, it goes: Honestly, we probably won’t waste your time and ours with this.