One year it could be a vatting of 10yo casks, the next year it could be a vatting of 7yo casks along with 12yo casks. Given that the name in no way defines the age or style of the whisky, they can do whatever they want from year to year.
I therefore wouldn't pay much attention to any reviews or tasting notes that are older than 12-18 months.
I couldn't tell you when they were first launched, although they appear in Michael Jackson's 4th Edition, so they've been around at least since 1999.
They are still available for sale in various outlets, so that's a minimum of six years of continuous sales and marketing.
I think it's fair to assume that they've had to do more than one bottling run in that time!
Macallan have done more than one bottling run, because the latest releases are in different shaped bottles and with different labels on them, AND they come in different boxes.
People around these parts detect subtle differences in flavours of most standard offerings from year to year. The Macallan Travel series is not immune from such variability, and since practically every other expression from Macallan has changed in recent times, I rest my case, m'lud.
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