Blended whisky coming from several distilleries and several ages, this is the most famous and consistent product of the MC maison: the Overaged. It’s technically a NAS, but we actually know that it’s a mix of 12 to 20 year-old whiskies from 5 distilleries, two from the Highlands, 2 from the Speyside, and one from Islay. The 5 whiskies were separately matured in ex-sherry Oloroso casks before being married for 5 years in an ex-sherry Pedro Ximénez cask. The vast majority of these malts have been distilled in 2003. Malted barley only. Vatted in PX butts (middle humidity during the maturation while the last year the barrels are moved to a very humid area in the cellar). 43% AbV (the original strength is 70% Abv).
The cask strength is 53% AbV and there is a small release of this expression on the market as well, which is spicier and bolder but Steep Hill doesn’t import it.
It should be served partially chilled at 14 – 15°Celsius. The wax here is black.
91 points Wine Enthusiast: Although the various whiskies in this blend were distilled in Scotland, it was then moved to France’s Burgundy region to age—so it’s not technically Scotch. The whiskies in the blend are over 12 years old and aged in ex-Sherry casks. The end result is a nut-brown hue and rich dried date and caramel scent. The big, rounded palate surprises with smoke, underpinned with hints of Sherry, dried fig, and caramel, with a long baking spice finish. KARA NEWMAN DATE PUBLISHED 12/31/2019