The Macallan 50 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky has been silently awaiting its release for five decades. While that slow maturation lends incredible flavor and body to the whisky, it\u2019s the unique process that Macallan uses to distill their Scotch that really sets it apart. That process starts with Macallan\u2019s Curiously Small Stills. Among the smallest stills in Speyside, the stills have a unique size and shape that maximize the whisky\u2019s contact with the copper. That extra exposure concentrates the spirit, giving it a richer and more fruity and full-bodies flavor. These stills are so famous that they have appeared on the back of a Bank of Scotland banknote. They\u2019re also rare\u2014Macallan only has 14 such stills.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBeyond the Curiously Small Stills, Macallan spirits are further set apart by the casks. Macallan views the casks to be so important that they spend more per cask than any other distillery, and it shows. The casks, which are built to strict specifications, account for up to 80 percent of the final aromas and flavors. Much of that flavor and the color are determined by the type of oak used for the casks. In the case of the 50 Years Old, Macallan Spanish oak sherry seasoned casks. During the maturation, the oak contributed color, character, aroma, and flavors to the single malt. Ultimately, the casks delivered a whisky that combines flavors of vanilla, spices, and fresh fruits with a subtle peat background, revealing Macallan\u2019s commitment to tradition and excellence.\r\nCheck it out\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.