Macallan Distillery built its reputation on claim that European oak sherry casks are the only type of wood used for whisky aging.
In 2004 however, The Edrington Group, Macallan parent company, launched multi million-dollar campaign for promoting the Fine Oak series, range of Macallan single malts aged in combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. The Macallan purists expressed their disappointment, while most of the whisky drinkers approached new range with interest. All in all, Fine Oak series established itself quite well, giving different perspective for the Macallan malt. The 18 years old expression is aged in Spanish oak seasoned with sherry and American oak seasoned with bourbon and with sherry.
Nose: pretty fresh and fragrant, jasmine, cherry blossom, honey, vanilla, apples, oranges, apricots, hazelnuts, touch of cinnamon and fading hits of smoke.
Palate: smooth, delicate notes of sherry, oranges, honeydew melon, roasted nuts, baked plantains, crème brûlée, touch of licorice and charred oak.
Finish: long, fruity and oaky, with notes of vanilla and dark chocolate.