Another of the Fine Oak series (aged in both bourbon and sherry casks), which will debut in the U.S. in March. Of the five Fine Oak expressions that will be in the U.S. (10, 15, 17, 21, and 30 year old), this is my favorite, slightly besting the 15 year old. Lovely sweet notes (creamy vanilla, light toffee, marshmallow, shortbread, and a kiss of honey) are accompanied by bright fruit (multi-layered citrus) and potpourri of dried spices, along with a hint of nut and wisp of smoke. A very refined and sophisticated whisky. (Spring 2006) Reviewed by: John Hansell
Combines the depth and complexity of fine grappa and sherry with briny, Muscat-like aromas blended with toasted walnut and ripe mango. Exquisitely textured with ripe apricot giving way to a delicate smokiness and deeper salty flavors. Finishes strong and effortlessly with an underlying minerality.
This is a wonderful single malt. I have 15 different Macallan varieties, ranging from 12yr to 30yr, in both the "fine oak" and the "all sherry".
This is an outstanding scotch, especially for the price.
I am not an expert by any means, but to me, this is as good or better than the Macallan 18 year old. I considered it a bargain at this price.
The Macallan is a brand of single malt Scotch whisky first distilled in 1824 at The Macallan Distillery near Easter Elchies House, at Craigellachie, in Moray. The Macallan is currently distilled and bottled by The Macallan Distillers Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Edrington Group which purchased the brand from Highland Distillers in 1999. The distillery produces a number of expressions in its core Sherry Oak series, the most generally available being the 12-year-old, although the 18-year-old is widely distributed, alongside a 10-year-old cask strength expression at 58% ABV. Expensive 25- and 30-year-old versions can also be found.