Ganga wrote:I have found the 15, 17, 18 and 21 to be pleasant but not good enough that I wanted to purchase/repurchase a bottle. I found the 10 to be just way too astringent/woody. Give me the sherry matured Macallans.
Had a sample of the remnants of a 1986 18YO sherry wood the other night.
Beautiful. Rich, complex, classic macallan that simply makes the FO range seem like the pleasant but unexceptional drams that I find them to be.
Ganga wrote:The bottle I had of the 15 FO sat for about 18 months on the shelf. I found it somewhat enjoyable then. So maybe it takes some oxidation for this series.
Just like it takes mold to make some cheeses?
The first time I tried a Macallan (sherry) 18y I was stunned. This was the first such malt that I had tried and it was truly magnificent. I have now tried many other sherried malts and they are also good, for example the 1986 sherried 'laddies are fantastic, especially with their base flavour of fruit under the sherry.
I have tried the 12y and 18y Fine Oaks and have found them totally uninspiring. Lacking in almost everything I look for in a malt and by that, I don't mean sherry.
thanks for the poll, but my option would be "Something Else".
I would have liked to have seen some kind of "Other - Please explain" option in the poll.
Some have politely shared thier positive experiences with different FO expressions and their preferences, even a few votes. Sadly, most of the posts have simply bashed the FO range. These unhelpful remarks did not change my mind about what I prefer or enjoy. I'm curious as to why people feel the compulsion to express their distaste, as irrelevent and unhelpful as it may be, rather than putting the time and energy into posting it somewhere it is asked for (let's say someone posted wanting opinions on the FO range) or posting elsewhere where it may be helpful. I'm sure that these folks probably think they are being helpful, saving me from the dreadful "uninspiring" FO range. Geez
Now, would I buy another bottle? No- it is far too expensive at 80bucks in North Carolina, and to me the Glenfiddich 15 has a similar (not identical, as the oak is much stronger in the GF) profile to the FO 15 (and the GF15 is about half the price or so).
I am looking forward to perhaps buying a FO 25 in duty free the next time I am south of the border- I think it was about 175 bucks, and I am willing to take a shot.
But then again, like I said, I am not a big fan of the big sherry malts, which some others here love...
For what it is worth.
I trust that your opinions are based upon your evaluation of the malt, on face value. I do think that some people (not saying anyone here) give the FO a negative assesment becuase it is " the thing to do." Damn, I sound like a certian JWR drinking member
Regardless, I really liked the 15, and look forward to tryign others (in bars, not bottles at those prices).
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