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This bottle I picked up after reading about how many people that enjoyed The Balvenie Dbl Wood also enjoyed this Macallan 10 year Fine Oak. I would agree its in the same lines as The Balvenie but all together a different animal, with less body than The Balvenie, probably due to the slight difference in age. The Balvenie feels more complete to me, more refined, but with that aside...on the to review.
The nose of this bottle is very delightful, its oaky with a touch of what I would call sweet vanilla, rounded out by ripe rich fruit. Its a very interesting nose that leaves you in doubt about what to expect, and I like that.
The body is very light and complements the color very well, much like a red wine I would say.
The palate is also very interesting, it begins with oaks of the tree different casks this scotch makes its journey through as well as some malt like flavors, grains, and wheat but its still sweet and light. As you swallow the alcohol bites the back of your throat but not unpleasantly and the last hints your left are a dark chocolate like sweetness and again that great oak undertone that just gives that last little expression.
If I had to give one stand out flaw of this scotch it would be that its possibly too light and that hurts the finish, it doesn't linger like it should and make you want to take another sip. Maybe the 15 year would be a bit better in that category.