Macallan Fine Oak 15 Years
Colour: straw yellow.
Nose: Wild flowers, quite noble, lots of oak spices.
Palate: starts smooth and sweet like thinned maple syrup but that turns woody, green and piney but all these are not overdone.
Finish: Unlike the start on palate, the finish is dry and more bitter, orange with a little spice, maybe clove? Oh hello, that’s bitter orange marmalade. Most reviews I’ve read define chocolate all over, but I don’t get much, or is it that bitter chocolate that is described? I get the bitterness.
With a few drops of water I found some pepper in the finish, which helps to bring out the differences between sweet and spicy and lower the strength a little.
I do like this whisky, it’s primo and I enjoyed it, so don’t get me wrong (starting a new topic here) but I think I prefer purely ex-sherry/port cask whisky rather than a mix of bourbon and sherry, or pure bourbon casks. On researching some more, it’s interesting to know that this whisky is triple matured in a trio of Spanish oak ex-sherry wine casks, American oak ex-Sherry casks, and American oak ex-bourbon casks, all matured separately for 15 years, then married. So, even having two sherry casks and only one bourbon in the dram, why is it that I’m missing the “winey” flavours then? I need to research more on the different outcomes from using sherry casks vs. bourbon casks vs. both.
I may be identifying some clear and present direction here for my true whisky character. It could never be that I’ve had one too many…
I had a few bottles of 15 FO a few years ago, before Macallan prices went nuts. I think it was around $55 at the time, so a decent price for a good scotch. I'll never buy it again at the current $115 price. I can get Arran 14 for $65 and Compass Box Oak Cross for $42, so why pay the Macallan prices. Also, they dropped the CS, easily their best value scotch, so they can bite me!
@murrayaitken I had a taste of the 15 at my liquor store last week and find it too oaky for me. The first sips was quite good with a ton load of honey, cereals and very light spices, but the oak was building up rapidly masking everything else.