Macallan 15 Fine Oak

Mac 15 FO

I am a big fan of the Macallan sherry line, but my previous experience with the fine oak line has only been the 10 year, which I found very bland and uninspiring. I decided to include this in a flight I was doing just to see if the age makes any difference. This is aged in both bourbon and sherry casks.

Price: $110 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Macallan / Edrington Group

Region: Speyside

43% ABV

Aged For: 15 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Spanish sherry, American bourbon, and American oak sherry

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: No

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn



Color: Straw Gold

Nose: Faint oak and light fruits. Orange, a bit of cinnamon, and spring flowers. Honeycomb.

Taste: Predominantly vanilla and caramel. Milk chocolate with just a bit of raisin and citrus. Very watery and light.

Finish: Very gentle with just a slight warmth. Orange, cinnamon, and just a touch of mint. Vanilla oak.

Thoughts: Certainly a summer dram. It’s not very complex or heavy, but it’s leagues ahead of the 10 year in flavor. For half the price you can get Balvenie 14 Caribbean cask and I enjoyed that a bit more than this.

Score: 79 out of 100


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