Macallan 10 Fine Oak
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Collectable Whisky – This Product was discontinued in 2017
This 10-year-old from The Macallan Fine Oak Range was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.
The Fine Oak series, launched in 2004, offered a look at Macallan with some of the sherry stripped away. Like The Balvenie DoubleWood, the Fine Oak series is a marriage of traditional Macallan matured in ex-sherry casks, with Macallan distillate aged in ex-bourbon. This allowed Macallan to put out bottlings with a different style and creating a broader appeal to whisky lovers that didn’t enjoy the full-on sherry sweet style of typical and classic Macallan.
Nose: Not the familiar Macallan profile, although there is a nutty, meaty undertone that reminds me of the flagship 12 years. There are fruit notes here – fig, plum, etc. – but they are muted, secondary to the nutty/malty notes that take the fore. These are the standard array of caramel/nougat/butterscotch and are well represented and unblemished. I can find no fault, although there’s nothing exciting either.
Palate: Thin bodied, but nutty – hazelnut butter and walnuts. Some slight resiny sherry notes (again, muted and in the background), otherwise an echo of the aroma. Not particularly sweet.
Finish: Medium-long. Peanut butter, fig jam, fading without bitterness. Pleasant.