The Macallan Fine Oak 15 Years Old
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky | 750 ml. | 86 proof
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
96–100 pts.Wine Enthusiast: December 31, 2004
An initial bouquet of the dried yellow fruit found in muesli; later on, added scents of unsweetened coconut, honey, and light toffee beautifully complement the dried fruit aroma. The palate entry is chewy and honeyed; at midpalate the dried fruit, clover, and honey flavors meld delightfully with the oily, creamy texture. Concludes sensuously and regally.
94 pts. Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible (2010 ed.): ,
Vanilla holds the key here, with the oak bridging the gap between the myriad soft fruit notes and the angular barley; surprisingly, a deft trail of something smoky is also evident; the first time I have seen this in the FO15 since the very first bottlings. Ye Gods! Not quite perfection, but its going for it big time: the moten brown sugars simply melt into the gentle fruit while the deft oils carry the barley; some rising spice may indicate very distant smoke.
92 pts. Malt Advocate: March 1, 2005
This is my favorite of the three. For about $20 more, you get a richer, much more complex whisky than the 10 year old , and it is more blended than the 21 year old. This 15 is dried than the 10, with lovely floral and spice notes (cinnamon, coriander, dried orange peel, lavender, rose), balanced by honey-laced complex fruit, and a dry, dark chocolate/orange marmalade finish.
90 pts. Wine Enthusiast: December 31, 1999
Medium verging on deep amber in color. The aromas are intensely fruity-blackberries come to mind — and they are backed up with leathery notes and a dash of heather. The body is big and buttery, and on the palate, once again, the fruits leap forward first. Here, though, they are joined by oaky notes, and mossy/vegetal flavors that bring the spirit together. The finish is very long and lush.
Santé: October, 2000
Sweet aromas of caramel, vanilla, heather and a touch of charcoal. Beautifully balanced; dried fruit and citrus flavors, with peaty notes; long, elegant finish.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal: June 1, 2005
It took tremendous courage to tinker with the established Macallan taste profile. All I can say is that it worked incredibly well. This is superior whisky making at its defining and exhilarating best. Shame on all the stodgy, shortsighted naysayers. Grow up already.
Wine & Spirits: December 1, 2004
The Macallan Fine Oak line is a selection of Macallan spirits aged in a combination of Bourbon and Sherry casks (traditionally The Macallan has been entirely in Sherry). There are three whiskies, aged 10, 15 and 21 years, but the one that impressed me the most was the Macallan Fine Oak 15 Year Old, with its floral and orange oil scent and its flavors of malt, vanilla oak and sweet-tangy citrus.