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02 Dec 2009

Macallan Fine Oak 30 Years

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Macallan

At the Whisky Festival in Madrid last week, it turned out the Sherry Oak bottlings of The Macallan are not available in Spain. I even felt sorry for the representative who had never tried a sherried Macallan! Yes, but the Macallan Fine Oak 30 Years Old is partly matured in sherry casks, he replied. True, but still… next time I’ll make sure I get him a sample.

 

Macallan 30 Fine Oak The Macallan Fine Oak 30 Years old
(43%, OB 2009)

Nose: very very smooth. Quite aromatic, but a lot maltier and granier than I expected. Oranges. Honeyed and slightly exotic, with a very soft sherry influence. Mouth: again very round, silky and malty. Some apples, peaches, vanilla, and quite some oak as well. Sweet honey. Getting sweeter (caramel) over time. Finish: medium-length on sweet toffee.

The oldest Macallan (in the core range) is really elegant but it lacks a bit of punch. I would have liked a bit more sherry influence as well. At around € 400 maybe not the best price vs. quality.

Score: 84/100

Macallan Fine Oak 30 Years 3 Ruben Luyten 2009-12-02

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  • Tony: Well the 1401 batch 8 could be found easily in most places for £200 - indeed I got one for £180 with a discount. The £225 price was a bit high and
  • WhiskyNotes: Don't just look at the UK - it's not always representative for the rest of the world. The last 1401 for Europe was batch 8. I bought that one for €
  • Sam: Nicely written notes, not rated this myself yet. Just to confirm, it's nowhere near a 40% price rise though. The last 1401 released in the UK was at

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