The Macallan 15 Year Old Triple Cask Matured (Fine Oak) Review

Macallan in Pastel.

Sherried Scotch whisky, at least in this author’s dumb, uninformed opinion, shouldn’t be the quintessential Scotch whisky expression. Just a few years finished in sherried oak can overwhelm a malt’s inherent flavor profile. Macallan’s Fine Oak, now called “Triple Cask Matured,” series offered a glimpse into the distilleries house character without a dominant sherry influence, and that should be a welcome chance. Macallan’s oily, honeyed flavors with plenty of fruity complexity has a chance to shine with stark contrast to the sherried counterparts in the Sherry Oak series. Today’s selection represents my favorite in the formerly christened Fine Oak series and is a great way to let Macallan’s house character shine.

Macallan 15 Yr Fine Oak Single Malt was one of the first malts I enjoyed as a whisky newbie. And trying it again recently brought back the same pleasant sensory memories. It is bottled at 43% ABV and with the same “Triple Maturation” make up as the 10 year old Fine Oak expression. On to it…

SWC Review

Nose- Floral feel with fruit blossoms and rose water. Aprioct, cherry, and candied fruit. Light vanilla and sweet.

Taste- Oaky and citrus. Lovely grain. Vanilla and plum.

Finish- Light fruit with cereal. Oak char. Medium to long. Vanilla.

Comment- Worth the price, a nice contrast to the strong sherried malts you could cut with a knife. Does well in all categories.

SWC Rating- 89/100


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