Macallan Fine Oak 10
Added on Friday, Sep 5, 2008 at 09:37 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 10 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $32 Availability: Wide
Member Ratings and Notes
Smells like a pear/apple wine spritzer, with some cotton candy.  It's a refreshing nose for a whisky.  The palate -- awww, booo.  It's so watery.  Flavor itself is okay, and is actually exactly what you'd expect from the nose in moderation.  There's no notable peat or sherry influence -- yeah I know what it says on the bottle, but I think the "unique combination of bourbon and sherry casks" on this one means there is "uniquely little sherry."  Anyhow, it's just kind of weak and fruity, with some spice.  Fine, but whatever. 
N: Vanilla, then some melon.
P: Oily, sweet, and as interesting as a [fill in funny anecdote].
F: Sickly sweet.
Not a fan. 

Seasoned with sherry?  Did they toss a pinch of sherry dust to be distributed over a million barrels?  Let me translate the bottle for you: "Sherry casks are expensive, so we'll try to pass off cheaper bourbon barrels as something special."  They ended up with the Obama's bowling version "special" instead.

Pears with a kind of nasty tang.  It all feels to watery anyhow.

Nose is butter on warm pancakes.  Very nice. Palate is more vanilla, spice, oak. Now getting bourbon on the nose. Water makes it sweeter.  Brings out caramel and toffee. Finish is burnt toffee.  Clearly young and spirity. Seems like whisky that would like some more time in the cask.  
too bad....I know why they did it....I just don't agree that it was necessary. 

Nose:    White Wine, Fruit Spice, Solvent - 

Palate:  More white wine, Lemon Peel Citrus, Watery and blech!

Finish:   Bitter, Dry, Tangy, Dry Riesling on the back of my tongue... ugh.

I like the traditional Sherry style Macallans a lot - I think for such a large operation they produce a very consistent and well crafted whisky across the board.  However, this 10 Year old Fine Oak... my word, it's not good.  I was so disturbed I had to pour myself some Macallan Cask Strength right after (like an antidote) in order to right myself.  Stay away from this stuff.

Nose: Malty with fruit, ginger, maybe a little spice.

Palate: Sweet then moving into earthier notes.

Finish: Peppery then dried apricots


n: light nose.


t: thin, waxy, heather, dried floral. Dusty oak and Elmer's Glue in finish. Youthful and boring and too watered down.

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