Note: Murray scores the NAS CS 78, the 10 CS 87.
The Cask Strength 10yo was first released for the US market a few years ago. There were two sets of packaging - one was bound for the US, and other - strangely - ended up in parts of Asia, including Australia. If I recall correctly, the US-packaged version had a gold strip across the box, AND the 10yo age statement. Here in Oz, our packaging did not state the age, but it WAS the same whisky.
Based on its success, it was approved to be launched in numerous other markets, although the decision was made to take the age statement off universally, since there was already a 10yo "normal" bottling.
In my copy of Michael Jackson's 5th Edition he says it was made primarily for the US market and is between 10 and 12 years old.
I stand corrected, (happily) and I'm guessing since its introduction that they have added an age statement for some markets. I wonder if the make up is different for the NAS and the age statement versions? That would be an interesting HTH.
Obviously, every cask has a different strength when it is time to be bottled.
If the casks are genuinely bottled at "cask strength", then each time Macallan does a new bottling run, it follows that the strength will most likely be a little different from the previous run.
I recently bought another bottle of the stuff at my local liquor store here in Seattle. The box looked almost the exact, if memory serves, but the bottle label is now red with no age statement.
(The rest of us get 700ml bottles).
I picked up a bottle of this from a specialist importer here in Sydney, and he confided that he had to get them from the USA. (Sherried Macallans are no longer exported to Australia).
Admiral, do you suppose that Murray gives an extra nine points just for having a number on the label? These are plainly different bottlings, but whether they are different in intent or are simply diferent batches, like a'bunadh, I could not say.
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