This is the second ‘Classic Cut’ we’ve managed to secure, part of a limited annual series celebrating Macallan’s ongoing commitment to “seek out the extraordinary.” While the official distillery website has had these on offer, they obviously didn’t produce huge volumes as sales were restrictied to one bottle per customer. More often than not, sources for these rarities are typically private collections. While the 2018 is a very recent expression (at least for the US market), the Classic Cuts are true to ‘traditional’ Macallan form, being matured exclusively in handpicked oloroso sherry seasoned casks from Jerez, Spain. Even better – it’s cask strength – a style that’s proving increasingly popular with both Macallan loyalists and new drinkers. As with fine wines, we’d recommend giving this whisky a good 15-30 minutes to breathe and open up to show its best. Try it straight, then with a few drops of water. 51.2% Alc./Vol.