Of the Fine Oaks, the consensus was that the 15 was the best. It was more complex. A few people said it was their favorite of the evening. (By the way, I am told that the Fine Oak 17-year is actually 18 years old. They call it a 17-year to avoid confusion with the sherried 18-year.)
I'm not a huge fan of the sherried Macallans. I usually detect lighter fluid. That was okay at first, but as I found it more and more often, I decided I was not too interested. So I tasted the 12, and it was... not as much lighter fluid as the last time, but I still disliked it. What was it this time, cough syrup? Then I had the 18. I was very pleasantly surprised. I found it to be excellent. Nice complexity and no objectionable notes. By far, my favorite of the night. Then we moved to the Cask Strength. I normally find this one very good, in spite of the lighter fluid. Again, I didn't really detect the lighter fluid, but there was something else that kept this one from the top spot. The Cask Strength is, dollar-for-dollar, Macallan's best product. If money was no object, I'd be buying the 18-year. While I enjoyed the Fine Oak 15 year, I wouldn't go out of my way for it.
My favorite is Mac 18/ Sherried. I have found variations in vintages, but have always enjoyed the sweet, and complex sherried monster. Albeit, $$$$.
I am working on the "89" now, and it is sweet, and rich!
Don't give up on the Mac 12. I find it to be hit and miss, but when it is on it's a decent sherried whisky at a good price-point.
And I'm starting to think I might want to pick up a bottle of the 18. Maybe put it away for a while.
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