I think that it's not that far from the 12yo.
There was much more difference between the previous "sherry" 7yo and the previous "sherry" 12yo, than there is between the Fine Oak 8yo and the Fine Oak 12yo.
I am not crazy about the Fine Oak series, but the 8yo is actually quite drinkable. Think of Balvenie 10 but less rich and honeyed.
I really liked the sherried Macs and was quite surprised that I liked the 12YO FO too.
Why do they like those young malts so much in Italy ? Strange...
Xavier wrote:Why do they like those young malts so much in Italy ? Strange...
Strange indeed. I am Italian, and I don't like these overly young malts too much.
The problem is that the brands always pushed these young single malts as an alternative to blends... and as such, meant to go with ice. And with ice, even an immature malt can be drinkable.
It's also a matter of economics: when you sell a bottle of JW Red at 13 Euros, to attract people towards single malts you have to ask for a comparable price. And Glen Grant 5 and Macallan 8 are in the same price league (15-17 Euros).
That said, I don't absolutely despise young malts: a well peated young whisky (like Very Young Arbeg) can be very good to my taste.
Bullie wrote:You know, they like Grappa in Italy as well!
Again, I tend to hate grappa... and I am Italian!
Not the food either: after some of the Italian food that I like (pasta, lasagne, risotto with mushrooms/pumpkins/cheese, melanzane alla parmigiana, ecc. ecc.) I think that a heavily sherried malt goes just great.
To give you an idea, in my cupboard now I have:
Talisker 20 sherry (1981)
Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength
Balvenie 12 Double Wood
Convalmore 29yo 1977
Aberlour 1995 Port Finish Wilson & Morgan
Longmorn 1990 Rum Finish Wilson & Morgan
Ardbeg 26yo 1974 Silver Seal
Linkwood 12 Flora & Fauna
plus several unopened bottles in the same league...
No "typical Italian malts", as you can see!
* Prices will vary throughout Italy, the supermarket I went to sells the Glen Grant 5yo for 10.00 and the Macallan for 19.00. IMO this is worth the extra 9.00 euros.
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