Described by Paul Pacult, the renowned international whisky writer, in his book Kindred Spirits as: "simply the best 12 year old single malt around", The Macallan has justly reaped such critical acclaim. The secret of The Macallan lies in defiant adherence to traditional methods and ingredients. The continued use of finest Golden Promise barley and the insistence on the finest oak casks are just two of the pre-requisites for perfection. Colour: Rich Gold. Nose: Vanilla with hints of ginger, dried fruits, sherry sweetness and wood smoke. Palate: Deliciously smooth, with rich dried fruits and sherry, balanced with wood smoke and spice. Finish: Sweet toffee, dried fruits, lingering wood smoke and spice.