Some months ago I had a sneak previeuw tasting on The Macallan Elegancia, and it's completely different what you normally should expect from the Macallan, and it will be only availlable at the duty free shops, however here in Holland are couple of guys who will probably to sell it outside the duty free business, wich usually means: you pay a lot more.....
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I would very much like to get my hands on a bottle of Elegancia. However, I live in the US where it seems not to be available (correct me if I;m wrong --please). I am hoping there are some "US only" releases that might interest those folks who have access to Elegancia. An exchange of sorts is what I 'm proposing --if anyone's interested. Thanks.
The regular 12yo is widely available in normal liquor stores, so it is very easy here to compare the regular 12yo with the Elegancia. However, we do not get the regular 10yo.
As correctly described above, the Elegancia uses a portion of fino casks in the vatting.
I found the Elegancia a fascinating dram. Many of the Macallan trademarks were there, with a spicy nose, raisins & fruitcake on the palate, and a rich sweetness that drifted through the nose, palate, and a reasonably long finish.
However, the distinctive difference was that everything was "sharper", i.e. perhaps not as smooth & mellowed, but with a little more bite. I am told that this is the contribution of the fino, which introduces less-rounded characteristics than oloroso.
But was it nice & enjoyable? You bet!!!
(Don't forget, we are much more isolated here in Australia, and it is a big task to travel to another country, whereas in Europe it is much easier! )
My experience with most whiskies is that anytime a distillery brings out a new expression, the first (or early) release is great, but the later releases are usually inferior.
Some examples of this are Bowmore Darkest; Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish; Lagavulin Distillers Edition.
It would be a rare case if Macallan made the 1991 Elegancia better than the first release, but I am pleased to hear that you think it is better.
Each vintage year has its own caractheristics and the future 1992 Elegancia might bring something else, somethig different. Based on that it is very personal, one might like the 1990 while the other likes the present 1991 Elegancia. It's the quality you look for in both expressions and I must say they are both quite good, but my personal preference is the 1991 Elegancia.
It's a shame that for you that some products are hard to get in Down Under. They should do something about it.
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