Is it any good? I like single malt's on the sweeter/non peaty side. Apparently the malts from Speyside are supposed to be a bit sweety IE I love Balvenie. Is this entry level Macallan at all like the entry level Balvenie? Better? Worse?
Balvenie 10yo Founders Reserve costs me $45.20CDN. The Macallan 10yo Fine Oak costs $70.15CDN. Is it worth it?
I'd much rather a Glenfiddich 15 or a Cragganmore, and I love the Longmorn 15...even a Glen Moray, and some own brand supermarket speysiders in UK are pretty good.
But then I looked at the price you quote. No way would I pay that!
Stick with the Balvenie 10 while you can. cheaper, better IMO...and soon to be no more, as I understand.
The only Macallan I buy is the Cask Strength. It's heavily sherried and well worth the price tag.
With Macallan and Springbank, the name alone is worth a 25% markup a lot of the time. It turns me off a bit, since I'd much rather pay for the whisky than the name on the bottle. Macallan really has a good thing going for themselves. Often you'll go to liquor stores with a good single malt selection and the Macallans are kept in a lockup while other great malts like Ardbeg and Laphroaig are out on the shelf. They really do a good job of branding themselves as a status symbol.
The only other "standard" speysiders I get are Cragganmore 12yo and Glenlivet 18yo. Another tasty dram is Redbreast 12yo (Irish).
In other words, the Fine Oak range is okay or good whisky, but it's nothing special, so I don't believe it deserves particular mention or separation. The extra price and the reputation simply comes with the Macallan brand - not necessarily what's in the bottle.
Now the sherried Macallans on the other hand....
"This is just a quick note to remind you of our Whisky of the Month for March. For lovers of Macallan, this is a great opportunity to secure a bottle (or perhaps a few...) at a drastically reduced price, as well as getting £5 off your next bottle of Macallan Fine Oak.
For those unfortunate to be braving the current cold snap in the UK, a wee dram or two of Macallan might just be the tonic!!
Buy a bottle of THE MACALLAN FINE OAK 15 YEAR OLD and receive £5 off your next bottle of THE MACALLAN FINE OAK
With its characteristic pale colour and delicate taste Macallan Fine Oak is enjoyed by experts and discerning whisky lovers alike.
It has been matured for a minimum of 15 years in a unique, complex combination of European and American oak casks that have previously contained either Sherry or Bourbon.
The Macallan Fine Oak is a smooth and delicate Single Malt that is delicious served neat, with ice, or lengthened over ice with lime and soda or lemonade.
“I have for years played about in my lab with bourbon and sherry cask Macallan and come to the conclusion that a truly great whisky was waiting to happen. This could be it. You have to travel a long way to find a whisky with quite the same refreshing all round harmony as this. The balance is the stuff of legend…and genius.
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2007.
THE MACALLAN FINE OAK 15 YEAR OLD, 43% ABV
March offer price: £36.95
ALSO: receive £5 off your next bottle of THE MACALLAN 15, 21 or 30 year old FINE OAK
Offer ends: 31st March 2007 .
Do let us know if you are interested."
Well blow me down!! I'm guffawing into my sleeve over here! Yessir, I'm REALLY interested...
...to know why they are so keen to sell a "leading malt" that goes so well with ice, lime, soda and lemonade!! Did JM add lemonade to his before awarding this masterpiece of mediocrity a score of 95?
answers on a postcard please...
The Fachan wrote:The vagries of Macallan pricing are becoming more and more difficult to understand. £ 39 for Fine Oak 15yo, would rather have a Glenlivet 18yo for that price.
I understand perfectly well why they price it that way--because they can, because people will pay it. What I don't understand is why people will pay it.
...oh for the days when macallan wuz Macallan!
what does FO stand for anywy??
My Lucie HATES whisky...but she has an impeccable sense of taste...and choice!!
am I the lucky one or what?!?
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