Macallan Rare Cask Black Review

Macallan Rare Cask Black


Looks familiar right? You might have seen this guy’s cousin the Macallan Rare Cask which comes in a red box. However, this is quite different from that other bottling. Not sure why they decided to make it look like just another version of the Macallan Rare Cask as it is its own sort of animal.

This is the Macallan Rare Cask Black, a truly rare peated Macallan whisky. The newest addition to their 1824 range which is a lineup of premium NAS whiskies. According to Macallan this bottling came from less than 100 casks. They also stated that there will not be another peated Macallan bottling. Some other sources seem to indicate that they are either only from first fill sherry casks (European and American oak) or at least predominantly from those. As you might have noticed from the picture, the bottle is completely black which means it’s impossible to the see the whisky without opening it. Mysterious. These will only be available at travel retail (duty free). If you are traveling this winter you’ll probably spot it. I haven’t seen any independent tastings notes/reviews for this expression yet but I look forward to seeing what other people thought of this peculiar dram.

Distillery: The Macallan Distillery

Age: NAS

Cask: Mostly First Fill Sherry Casks (American and European Oak)

ABV: 48%

Price: £300 or $450 Travel Retail Only

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AnCnoc 12 Year Old


Don’t bother looking for AnCnoc distillery on google maps. The distillery from which AnCnoc is produced is called Knockdhu. If the name sounds familiar, it is possible that you are confusing it with the nearby Knockando distillery. If so, then you have proven the merits of Knockdhu’s decision to market their single malt as AnCnoc. Indeed they were concerned that people would confuse their whisky with that of Knockando.

AnCnoc/Knockdhu is owned by Inver House which also owns Old Pulteney and Balblair. So they have quite the impressive collection of distilleries and seemed to have been very successful in managing them. Judging from the ascension of Balblair and Old Pulteney, I would say that AnCnoc is a single malt to watch! The AnCnoc 12 year old is of course their flagship whisky being the most commonly available around the world.


Distillery: Knockdhu Distillery

Age: 12 Years Old

Cask: Presumably Ex-bourbon (Non-sherried for sure as confirmed by several sources)

ABV: 40%

Price: £30.86

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