The Macallan still remains as one of the most recognised and well-known producers of Single Malt Whisky and is a truly epitomises the ‘Speyside’ style of Malt Whisky. A truly global brand and absolute powerhouse in the drinks business. It would have to be in order for it to be the drink of choice for James Bond. Being such a force, demand outstrips supply so massively that the youngest age statement available is now an 18yo and will set you back around £150. In order to elevate the pressure on spirit, they now have three expressions made up with different combinations of ages and cask types. Understandably this is probably the only option they had but for us the importance of an age statement is paramount. Thankfully there is one albeit from a third party bottling and it’s damn good and true to the original Macallan Sherry cask style. Gordon & Macphail Speymalt Macallan 2005 (£36). A 9yo which was bottled this year using a combination of 1st and refill sherry casks this whisky shows delicate sherry characteristics with sweet Highland toffee and banana aromas. The palate is initially peppery with pear, pineapple and orange peel flavours and complimented by a creamy milk chocolate and brazil nut edge.