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The Macallan 15 Year Old Fine Oak

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macallan-15yo-fine-oak.jpgWhen my father asked me to select a bottle for myself as a gift, the immediate choice was any bottle produced by The Macallan. Seemingly incapable of producing a bad bottle, even the inexperienced cannot make a bad selection with this simple criterion in mind. To my delight I ended up with a bottle of The Macallan Fine Oak 15 Year Old.


The Fine Oak's Golden Promise barley yields a rich straw colour. Aged in three casks (Spanish Oak Sherry, American Oak Sherry, and American Oak Bourbon) the Fine Oak 15 expression is the majestically refined definition of how great Scotch ought to taste.


On immediate nosing, orange peel and a hint of cinnamon and vanilla are present. After opening and perhaps with a splash of water, aromas of hot sawdust, mild coconut, dried fruits and citrus are a wonderful treat and worth the wait. Novice scotch drinkers will appreciate the lack of alcoholic heat. Peat and smoke are all but completely absent.


The Fine Oak 15 does not aim to overwhelm or confuse the pallet. Rich chocolate and hints of orange and raisin are present. The bottle's medium viscosity leads to a smooth mouth feel, though not velvety.


The bottle finishes up with lingering mild acidic heat, chocolate, and vanilla. Masterfully dominating the breadth and depth of its aromas and flavors, the Fine Oak 15 is a superb expression of The Macallan's catalogue

Lagavulin 16

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lagavulin-16yo.jpgIt isn't every day that the authors of this blog get to indulge in a model of perfection like the Lagavulin 16 year. This challenging, classic malt is from one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Originating by the sea of Islay, this single malt showcases the best that the region has to offer.

On the nose, one will sense a strong musk, with lingering smoke, salt and peat and a finish of black licorice and the brief undercurrent of black smoke and singed rubber.  

Once the elixir hits the tongue, all four taste zones are attacked by flavour. The oral orgasm presents a prominent peat through the nose with sweet roasted almond flavouring on the sides of the tongue and a wine-like woodiness down the throat.

As the drink gets to its finish, the peat & smoke take prominence leading into menthol vapour slowly returning to the almond and giving way to burnt caramel while dwindling back to the peat & smoke.

Proving that age can sustain, or even improve, the satisfaction of a fine life, the Lagavulin 16 comes highly recommended for those nights that demand something special.

Enough to last an entire night at Scotch Club

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From The Sun:

THE world's biggest bottle of whisky will be unveiled today - and turned miniature.
Dru McPherson and Mike Drury made the monster malt to put the village of Tomintoul, Banffshire, on the map.

The giant 1½metre bottle holds 105.3 litres of 14-year-old Tomintoul single malt.

Auchentoshan 12 Single Lowland Malt

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auchentoshan12.jpg Auchentoshan 12's bouquet of medicinal iodine, light saltiness, and rubber pencil eraser suggest this bottle was crafted for a more reserved scotch drinker not interested in the excesses of smoke or sweetness. This lowland malt might find a better reception in a mixed drink or whisky-based cocktail.


Featuring a soft and thin mouth feel, the Sherry maturation is heavy along with old mustiness, leather and bitter almonds. A hint of toffee, honey, and cocoa are nearly redeeming qualities. Dramatic heat lingers on the pallet.

Puckering acidity followed by a light peppermint and ginger complete the finish. A decent bottle in its own right, though it feels uptight and reminiscent of an "old man's" scotch. It may not appeal to younger drinkers.

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