Review: The Macallan “The Flask Edition” 22 Years Old

Review: The Macallan “The Flask Edition” 22 Years Old

To obtain this unique Macallan expression you’ll have to buy the flask that it comes with. Designed by Oakley, it is made from food-grade steel, then wrapped in a carbon fiber composite “treated to an intensive passivation and electro-polishing procedure to ensure perfection.” At last it is clad in “black anodized 5-axis machined aerospace grade aluminum” before, finally, a $1,500 price tag is put on it.

I can’t tell you much more about the flask, but I can tell you about the companion whisky that comes with it. Aged entirely for 22 years in American oak barrels that were used as sherry casks (a strange and unique combination), this single malt is a departure from Macallan as you likely know it. The nose offers a heavily smoky (but not peaty) character, with deep wood and nutty notes behind it. The body tends more toward dried fruit and raisins, developing quite slowly in the glass. The orange/sherry components you’d expect are there but, miraculously, kept at bay by some honey sweetness and a surprisingly lasting but dry finish. This is a really interesting expression but steps away from what you might expect from Macallan. Hope you need a fancy flask in which to enjoy it.

400 flask/bottle combos available in the U.S. (150 flasks — no booze — available in the UK.)

86 proof.

A- / $1,500

The Macallan "The Flask Edition" 22 Years Old




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Ishai on January 26, 2016 at 2:20 am

    The 22 is aged in exclusively American oak and not in ex Sherry

    • Christopher Null on January 26, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Ishai – According to Macallan, it is American oak used as sherry casks — a unique combination.

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