The Macallan Fine Oak 15 Year

Single Malt

The Macallan // Highlands, Scotland

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  1. jacobhayman

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Representing speyside Spey river Nose: sherry, juicy, hint of sweet bourbon in the background and hint of oak but heavy apricot Body: light Palate: easy to drink, very little spice, fruit apricot and sherry, very light smoke and peat Finish: light peat, fruit and juice, mild and warming Note: complicated, feels sophisticated. Fruity nose, smooth start fruit moves into light smoke. Very fine.
  2. Jason-Zinschlag

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Le Chamber
  3. dmoyer

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    My wife’s son bought this for me for Christmas. He was the only one of my family and friends who bought me whisky for Christmas. He gets me! I know Macallan gets a bit of a bad rap for being overpriced and maybe deservedly so. This bottle averages $105 online, a bit over my normal price range. The Macallan 12 yr was one of the first scotches I tried that I really liked and this one is very good as well, so maybe their prices aren’t completely out of line. But on to the tasting. This dram is aged for 15 years and matured in three types of casks: ex-bourbon, European ex-sherry, and American ex-sherry. It’s bottled at 43% ABV and is a nice natural color of dark straw. It produces nice long legs when given a spin in the Glencairn. The nose is floral barley and sweet sherry: berries, honey, oranges, and chocolate. The American oak and bourbon cask shows up in vanilla notes. Really enjoyable. I like this better than the big sherry bomb style like Glendronach. In the mouth its classic malted barley, sweet honey, vanilla, hints of chocolate and cinnamon. A slightly thick mouthfeel, it also has a bit more heat than I would expect for a 43% 15 yr old. That’s not all bad, just a little unexpected. The finish is decently long with warm oak and spice, dried fruit. It hangs around just long enough to make you want another sip. Overall I really like this whisky. Would I put out $105-110 to buy a bottle? I don’t know, but I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to enjoy it. 4/5.
  4. Whiskey_Hound

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I had the good fortune of sampling this one very early in my whisky drinking days. At that time, this stood out as a sort of gold standard for Scotch. Fast forward a couple years and exposure to a host of comparable options, and I’ve got a bottle at my disposal to put this highly-touted malt to the test. Nose: Very sweet. Heavy honey and floral notes. A tad oily. There is also orange and citrus. White grape that is reminiscent of white wine. I’m no expert here, but it reminds me a bit of a Sauvignon Blanc. Sherry is detectable but for less than in any other Macallan I’ve had. Some oak spice in the background. Palate: Initially it is very creamy and buttery; however, it quickly becomes dry. The orange and citrus are still present, now accompanied by plum, raisin, and vanilla. True to its name, oak is prominent throughout. White grape is still present in the background. In all, I’d say the palate is moderately rich. Upon pouring a second glass, I detect some chocolate in the background. Finish: This is the highlight of the Macallan 15. Here, the whisky best delivers on the promise displayed on the packaging. The finish begins with orange zest and rich milk chocolate before a sharp but welcome transition into oak spice and cinnamon in what amounts to a moderate-to-long finish. With hindsight, I can understand why I thought so highly of this one. I still do. It is above average at every turn and boasts a superb finish that makes a lasting impression. It certainly is well-balanced. It is rich and complex and so I have no complaints with this one. I will say that it is a bit overpriced at $100. Furthermore, it does not truly excel until the finish. Upon weighing its pros and cons, I still feel that this one is worth its salt. At its worst, it is above average. At its best, it lives up to the distinction that one would expect from a name like Macallan. Just a damn good drink. At this point in my journey, it is no longer an exception to the rule. But its balance and rich complexity have earned this one a respectable four stars.
    100.0 USD per Bottle
  5. jyiehsun

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Joshua Tree National Park
  6. Sunkyung-Lee

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    향 : 플로랄, 꿀, 오크통, 맛 : 가벼운 꿀, 가벼움, 피니쉬 : 어느정도 깊은, 균형감, 살짝 오크 에어링 : 꿀, 플로랄 확올라옴
  7. Python574

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Very, very sweet. I think it would be better over a large ice ball to chill it and decrease the syrup consistancy
    Graziella's
  8. cmconnell89

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
  9. didkovsky

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Sam's Steak House Prime
  10. biancas

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
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