The Macallan Sienna is the second darkest in the new 1824 series, which contains naturally coloured whiskies sorted by hue. Check my review of The Macallan Ruby for more background information about the series.
Sienna is made from older stock than Gold and Amber. It is composed of both American and European oak casks – all first fill sherry.
The Macallan Sienna
(43%, OB 2013, 1824 series)
Nose: plenty of orange aromas, both in a juicy and zesty form. Clementines and peaches. A little honey and melon. Freshly baked apple and raisin pie. Hints of cinnamon and vanilla in the background. Also the lightest hint of polished oak. Quite bright and mellow.
Mouth: again quite bright and honeyed. Surprisingly sweet and malty as well. Yellow raisins, orange syrup and ripe yellow plums. Apricots. Even hints of mango. Soft spices (ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg). Hints of cocoa towards the finish.
Finish: long and fruity, quite syrupy again with oranges, light spices and mint.
I find this quite a feminine Macallan with bright, fruity notes and a surprising sweetness. Not your typical sherry influence, but good whisky (that could have been even better at 46%). Quite possibly the best choice of the 1824 series. Around € 75.