News: The Macallan 12 - The Mac is back?

A new label for The Macallan 12 turned up in the public TTB registry. 
Does this mean the people at Edrington will re-introduce a whisky with an age statement to the Macallan range? Or are  they planning a make-over for the 12yo that's still available on some markets (like the U.S. and Asia)?

The latter seems more plausible. Ruben from Whiskynotes even suggested a third option: a new addition next to the 12yo Fine Oak and the 12yo Sherry Oak in markets where The Macallan kept the age statement whiskies in the core range.

It seems very unlikely - read: no way - they will draw back from the NAS range (Gold, Amber, Ruby & Sienna) on a global scale. Although with some luck it's an (expensive) addition for the fans. Wait and see... Maybe they'll surprise us on 27 March, International Whisky Day in honor of Michael Jackson, who was well-known for being in love with Macallan malts.

The whisky is 12 years old and matured in a combination American oak and European oak casks seasoned (they deliberately evaded the word matured?) with sherry. If I interpret the text on the back label right there's no ex-bourbon involved in this whisky.

P.S. Is it me or does this label looks very familiar? The colour combination immediately made me think of the Berry Bros & Rudd spirits labels.

Identity Card

  • The Macallan 12 Double Cask
  • Macallan Distillery, Charlestown of Aberlour (Speyside)
  • 12 year old single malt
  • 43 % ABV
Back Label

Source and pictures: Public Registry Colas online