Macallan Gold was released in late 2012 as part of a series of colour-themed bottlings introduced to replace the Speyside distillery's age-statement expressions and instead focuses on the colour of the whisky. This burnished gold spirit presents a lemon citrus nose, the orange peel and an interlacing sweetness that softens but doesn't eliminate the zest. A quiet note of vanilla is followed by dark chocolate with lingering floral and light oak. Citrus and boiled sweets rule the palate, along with hints of ginger and cinnamon, while soft oak tones reveal toasted apples. The finish is medium sweet, malty and slightly dry.