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This is the successor of the 10 year old Fine Oak, one of the best selling Scotches of all time (unfortunately, I have not yet had the pleasure of tasting the 10yo, or any other Macallan for that matter, but will add them to my wishlist). The expectations were high indeed.
Once the straw colored liquid is poured into the snifter from the elegant bottle, you'll find the body to be rather firm with nice legs running down the inside of the glass.
The nose is very fresh with vanilla and a hint of grass. Nice!
It rolls easily and lazily over the tongue and leaves an impression of light spices, without the bite. This is a soft whisky.
The finish is medium (I would have hoped it could last a little longer) with a slight bite and dried fruits as the dominant taste.
It is clear why this whisky is so popular, he is simply delicious.