the disappointment of the No Age Statement Amber Macallan release we’re now
moving back into familiar territory with an age statement. This is the 12 year
old Fine Oak edition which is an extremely popular Macallan. While expensive
for a 12 year old, it sits at the lower end of the Macallan core range and
offers a decent entry point for those who dislike the traditional sherried Macallans.
flavour influence of casks is said to be around 60-70% in the final product,
forming a huge if variable part of the equation. The Macallan pride themselves
on the quality of their casks using these only once to impart as much flavour
as possible. In this Fine Oak release a variety of oak casks have come together
from Europe and North America, seasoned with sherry and bourbon to provide more
balance and approachability.
At least 12 years old
triple cask matured so a combination of European, American oak casks both
seasoned with sherry and American oak casks seasoned with bourbon.
Has to be oak doesn’t it?
A surprising rich fruity nose featuring a combination of fresh berries dosed in
rum and sweetned with marzipan and pineapple. A faint waft of those traditional
sherry influences such as raisins, leather and chocolate underpin the whole
I was expecting a thunderous arrival of wood but on the palate it proves more
elaborate. More dark chocolate notes, ripe pears especially, sultanas and underpinned
by the casks as if I was standing in a lumber yard with rich vanilla filling
this is more like it and as with most things in life you get what you pay for
to a certain degree. I do believe this whisky is overpriced but Macallan deals
in the premium end of the market. Factoring in some of the pricing for the 1824
No Age Statement series this 12 year old Fine Oak seems more of a bargain. I’d
have no hesitation serving this to guests and letting them explore its inner
depths over the course of an evening.
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