The Macallan teamed up with Oakley on an impressive package that pairs (extremely delicious!) 22 year old scotch with a stylish, high-tech flask. There are only 400 packages available at $1,500 a pop (looks like you can get the flask by itself). I’m not going to go on and on about the price, because we all know that’s a lot of money. What I care about is what it tastes like, and luckily they sent me a small sample for review. You know what? Damn, it’s good.
(More on the flask itself after the jump, because … there’s 22 year old Macallan to talk about!)
The Macallan | The Flask
Facts: Single malt, aged 22 years in American oak seasoned with Sherry (a first for Macallan)
When it comes down to it, this was one of the best drams of scotch I’ve had.
The nose is nutty and malty with a lemon undertone. Once it actually hits the tongue, oak and a very mild smokiness come in with a hint of orange and honey. I’m trying not to wax poetic about it, but it’s hard. The Macallan 22 is smooth and harmonious–with an interplay between sweet and smoky that ends on just the right dry note. Not a long finish, but long enough to leave you wanting more. (Besides, I am getting annoyed by the peat attacks that take four toothbrushings to leave my mouth.)
Yeah, it’s expensive … and it tastes like it is. (Perhaps this would be Jeff Winger‘s scotch of choice.) The quality of the oak flavor is exactly what makes this stand out from other scotch I’ve had, including other Macallan expressions. I was a Macallan fan going into this, and this raised my esteem for them. I hope this flask combo isn’t the last we’ve seen of this maturation method.