Malt Advocate 94 points - Another of the Fine Oak series (aged in both bourbon and sherry casks), which will debut in the U.S. in March. Of the five Fine Oak expressions that will be in the U.S. (10, 15, 17, 21, and 30 year old), this is my favorite, slightly besting the 15 year old. Lovely sweet notes (creamy vanilla, light toffee, marshmallow, shortbread, and a kiss of honey) are accompanied by bright fruit (multi-layered citrus) and potpourri of dried spices, along with a hint of nut and wisp of smoke. A very refined and sophisticated whisky.
(Spring 2006) Reviewed by: John Hansell
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Combines the depth and complexity of fine grappa and sherry with briny, Muscat-like aromas blended with toasted walnut and ripe mango. Exquisitely textured with ripe apricot giving way to a delicate smokiness and deeper salty flavors. Finishes strong and effortlessly with an underlying minerality. (Apr 2014)
Wine Enthusiast 96 points - The luscious Speyside bouquet offers layers of aromas that include smoke, wood, touches of palm oil, browned butter, vanilla bean and pork rind. The palate entry is rich, bittersweet, caramel-like and creamy; at the wonderful midpalate the taste turns sweeter, nuttier and more fudge-like. Finishes elegantly, yet very focused, and integrated. Delicious.
— P.P. (4/1/2008) — 96-100 (Apr 2008)
This legendary Single Malt is Triple Cask Matured for a minimum of 17 years in a unique, complex combination of Exceptional Oak Casks; Spanish oak casks seasoned with sherry, American oak casks seasoned with sherry and American oak casks seasoned with bourbon. This Triple Cask Matured combination delivers an extraordinarily smooth, delicate yet complex Single Malt.
|Wine maker notes
|The Macallan Fine Oak is triple cask matured in a unique, complex combination of exceptional oak casks;
1. European oak casks seasoned with sherry impart a rich character with hints of dried fruits, spice and chocolate orange.
2. American oak casks seasoned with sherry deliver delicate hints of citrus lemon, coconut and toffee sweetness.
3. American oak casks seasoned with bourbon deliver floral aromas and sweet notes of vanilla and fresh fruits.
This triple cask combination delivers an extraordinarily smooth, delicate yet complex Single Malt matured at The Macallan distillery for a minimum of 17 years.