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So far I’ve only tasted three The Macallan from the Fine Oak series. Those were very good, each of them. Especially the 15 Year Old. Today, however, I tried the Macallan 10 Year Old Cask Strength. Is was bottled at an ABV of 58,4%, too strong for my buds. I felt it best to dilute it for tasting.
Undiluted, you are first hit around the ears by alcohol, but with a little patience the sherrytones, accompanied by chocolate, become apparent. Thanks to a few drops of water, the whisky’s complexity increases quite a bit: apple, raisins, roasted nuts and even some orange marmalade. Nice!
I feel the ABV puts your throat on fire, so much so that it’s no longer enjoyable. Diluted, however, this is a top notch whisky. The drying oak is followed immediately by a sherry bomb, but there is also a wonderful interplay of citrus fruits and nuts. This is truly complex and delicious.
Undiluted the finish is long and seriously spicy but, like mentioned, too strong. Diluted, it remains enjoyable for a long time, nicely spiced, and makes you long for more. No doubt about the fact that this is the best The Macallan I’ve tasted so far. Great stuff!