here, here ..... it's good to have Mr Picky back
Ahh, if wishes were fishes....
I've had a Fine Oak 10 knocking around for a while now. It's OK. the kind of dram I drink when I don't particularly care...i just "fancy a whisky." Not a bad dram, but lacking any distinctiveness or character. It could be one of many.
But the other night I treated myself to a drop from a 200mm bottle I have housing the remnants of a 1986 18 YO "proper" Macallan given to me 2 Christmasses ago.
It knocked my socks off(NOT literally, Mr P, but you know what I'm saying!) and reminded me why I fell in love with Macallan all those years ago, and why, like so many it seems, I am underwhelmed by the "Fine Oak" bottlings I've tried.
Shame the "sherry matured" 18YO is so expensive...
I currently appreciate the 10 yo cask strength, but entered into whiskies only recently, when the market was already flooded with Fine Oak. So its difficult for a newbie to compare with the earlier high quality stuff.
Are there any bottlings (pricing under 60 pounds if possible) still available to get a sample of times past?
I had the same expierence with the 12Y FO and the 15Y FO. The 12Y was OK, but I like the 15Y. As for the price, that's a different story.
1. Go buy one bottle of sherry every two weeks.
2. Drink it or pour it down the drain.
3. Repeat steps 1-3
If everyone did this we would have problem solved...not to mention that the demand on Macallan would diminish slightly, bringing the price down.
A win-win for everyone.
The accepted wisdom on the sherry cask shortage is simply that the demand for sherry has been shrinking, thus supply and production has been shrinking.
......sorry, I have cask and oak on the brain....
We should definately have a dedicated "Macallan Thread" in this forum
you are right Mr Fjeld. One reason is the risen demand for Macallan which is of course pushed by Edrington for what it`s worth and the other reason ist the availability of quality sherry casks.
In this respect I would say that there is not so big a difference between the European oak sherry cask and the American oak sherery cask.
The cost ratio of bourbon to sherry is what, 1 to ten or twelve?
Does it make a difference that the American oak sherry cask held bourbon before? Well I would say that the sherry will have taken care of that and re-charring did probably the rest.
But it is true, cheap bourbon casks conquer the world at the moment.
Give the 15 a try; it's so very different than the 10. I found the 10 to be flat and underwhelming - the 15 is quite complex. I'd agree with you on the A'Bunadh front, but that's a completely different monster.
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