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Macallan 15 Year Old Fine Oak

The Ten Percent Better Fine Oak

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

1st Mar 2010


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In the Fine Oak Series there is a 10 Year Old, 12 Year Old (see my previous reviews), 15 Year Old, 21 Year Old and even a 30 Year Old. Unfortunately I have not yet tasted the 21 and 30 Year Old. I recently had the 10 Year Old and the 12 Year Old. Now let us compare this to this 15 Year Old Fine Oak.

This 15 Year Old differs quite a bit from his younger versions and has a nose with chocolate, cinnamon, roses and raisins. Quite complex!

On the palate that will be deliciously coated with this dram, the chocolate returns but is bested by the raisins and and touches of oranges. Thanks to the higher ABV of 43%, this dram is much better indeed.

The finish wasn't spicy and long enough for me. I longed for more.

When you consider that this 15 Year Old is about 60 EUR a bottle, then I believe the 12 Year Old is still your best buy. Because this bottle's price is 50% higher than the 12 Year Old, but this difference is not reflected (I think) in the quality which I feel is closer to 10%.

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DramIAm commented

Ahhhhh there is also the hidden gem; The Macallan 17. Lots more citrus notes to the palate with a finish longer than the 15. Delicious. Try it as well as the 21. You'll love them both.

13 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

@gymnazi I'm sure I will, but I wonder if I can afford them. But the 17 you refer to is not in the Fine Oak series, right? That's in the Sherry Cask series, I believe?

13 years ago 0

GregLogan commented

Mark - I have learned to trust certain reviewers - you are one. I came down about this point for the Mac15. As long as I keep my expectations in light, I am typically quite happy. The only issue is the price - I pay $70US + hideous WA tax. At $50 - this would be a great deal.

I am curious re: the 17y - I can't imagine that two more years would make that much of a difference - though the 15y is significantly better than the but that is 50% more time. I am wondering if there are other fundamental differences?? I would expect maybe a 21y Fine Oak would be next in the line. Regardless, the 17y is ridiculously priced - why not an Old Pulteney 21 at that point....

8 years ago 0

GregLogan commented

BTW -the 17y is Fine Oak - the next Sherry is 18y (and, IMHO, not significantly better than the 12y to justify the price - I mean egads just how much sherry taste do you need...:-) ).

8 years ago 0

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