Macallan Fine Oak 21 Years

I must admit I always thought the Fine Oak range of The Macallan was entirely bourbon matured. I was wrong: it is usually a marriage of bourbon and sherry oak, but in a lighter style so vastly less sherry influence than you’ll find in the original Sherry Oak range.

The Macallan Fine Oak 21 Years is triple cask matured: a combination of European oak casks seasoned with sherry, American oak casks seasoned with sherry and American oak casks seasoned with bourbon.



Macallan Fine Oak 21 YearsThe Macallan 21 yo ‘Fine Oak’ (43%, OB +/- 2015)

Nose: quite rich in a classic Speyside style. Stewed fruits (peaches, oranges) with honey and vanilla. Some oak polish and spices (candied ginger) and hay. The brightness is quite appealing.

Mouth: again rather mature and rather oily, showing fruits (mostly oranges and peaches) and marmalade, toffee and cake, underlined by a good dose of sweet oak. Cinnamon and vanilla. Neutral but not bland. Maybe even a hint of passion fruits.

Finish: long, malty and spicy. Very well-mannered.

You can sense that a couple of really good casks were used to create this Macallan 21, although the end result is aimed to please a lot of people but nobody in particular. And it’s too expensive for what it really is. Around € 400 or more depending where you look.

Score: 87/100