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Macallan Select Oak


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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

16th May 2014


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I have had the pleasure of meeting Bob Dalgarno, the man responsible for crafting these Macallan whiskies and I have to tell you he knows his stuff.

The painstaking procedure he goes to ensure consistency of color, flavor and taste is mind boggling. Macallan whiskies have no added color which makes it even more impressive. But what I like most about Bob is that he's an honest guy and calls a spade a spade.

Which makes me want to believe even he realizes that this is not one of his finest creations.

The spirit has been matured in three different casks - Spanish Sherry, American Oak that held sherry and ex-Bourbon. That is a lot of work for an entry level single malt but, unfortunately, it doesn't translate into greatness.

Nose: Very vanilla sweet. Sherry raisins on oaky cinnamon and clove peppers. Lots of warm toffee and raisin butterscotch. Hints of chocolate and black salted apples. It's not a bad nose mind you.

Palate: Tragically weak. Simply fails to excite. The chocolate and dark honey are shadows as are the cinnamon and pepper spices.

Finish: What finish?

Now let me tell you something. I am notoriously against food pairings because it doesn't let me enjoy my whisky properly but with this one I am willing to make an exception. If you want this whisky to taste brilliant pair it with a tiramisu cake. It will knock your socks off.

To get your socks back on go back to drinking it neat.

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Frost commented

Interesting review. I'm yet to open my bottle. The three cask combination made me anticipate an exceptional whisky. Hope it doesn't fizzle in my Glencairn.

What's with all the new NAS expressions hitting the market with no finish?

6 years ago 0

MacKinnon commented

Very accurate review. I find this whisky to be my choice to pour when the neighbour comes over... ;)

6 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

Just tried this with my brother in law. It is a very drinkable dram. On the nose I get a hint of sulphur, the palate is weak and sweet. A hint of smoke.

This was bought quite a while ago. Neither of us would buy it now....

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