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Our Fine Oak single malts are Triple Cask Matured

The complete story on The Macallan Fine Oak

We wanted to share with you the story of The Macallan Fine Oak expression and its link with Spain. Our Fine Oak single malts are Triple Cask Matured in a unique, complex combination of Exceptional Oak Casks: European oak casks seasoned with sherry made from wood from the forests in northern Spain, American oak casks seasoned with sherry, and American oak casks seasoned with bourbon.

It has won multiple awards including Best Whisky at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge earlier this year, and our 10 years old Fine Oak has also gained top marks for cocktails. No surprise too that it is often the recipient of enthusiastic reviews by readers like yourselves on Connosr (see here and here for a couple of our favourites). Of course, none of this would happen if it weren't for its peerless quality.

The story begins in the ancient forests of Galicia, Cantabria and Asturias in northern Spain. Using the rich timber of these forests, staves are hand-fashioned in the Province of Cadiz. The casks are then hand crafted and toasted in the cooperages of Jerez before being filled with aged sherry and left to season for up to two years. A portion of our American Oak also travels to Jerez, where it is hand-crafted into casks, filled with sherry and left to season for up to eighteen months.

Across the Atlantic, the story continues as American oak casks are made from timber from the age-old woodlands in Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana and Arkansas. These are hand-crafted and charred in the cooperages of Kentucky to then be filled with premium bourbon and left to season for up to eight years.

Eventually the casks are emptied once their respective liquid contents have matured and then travel to The Macallan distillery in Speyside, Scotland, where they are filled with clear, distinctively rich Macallan 'new make' spirit. Each cask, depending on whether it has been crafted from European or American Oak, and been seasoned with sherry or bourbon, will affect its content in different ways.

The unique attributes of each cask and our unwavering commitment to natural colour presents Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker, with the complex challenge of ensuring consistency in quality, character and colour year after year. To achieve this, Bob and his team sample thousands of individual casks to select those that will finally be married together prior to bottling.

The Triple Cask Maturation results in a Single Malt with more refreshing, citrusy flavours and a lighter colour than the classic sherry oak range. But this does not mean it has less depth or complexity, far from it. Flavours of orange, chocolate and vanilla combine to create a whisky that is ideal for those warmer summer evenings. Enjoy over ice or straight, and for those adventurous whisky drinkers keen on a real refreshment, add some chilled soda. Check out the complete range here.

 

The Macallan perfectly poured with MR PORTER

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Today we dedicate our #WhiskyWednesday to the Maple Old Fashioned cocktail. Sláinte! http://t.co/YdGjwjiUsJ http://t.co/WKUHsBUL0E

01 Apr 15
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Happy #WhiskyDay2015! To celebrate we raise a dram of The Macallan Gold, captured here at a @leica_camera event. http://t.co/Q58rhlr8Ii

27 Mar 15
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The 2015 Ultimate Spirits Challenge rated our exquisite Rare Cask as ‘Extraordinary’... http://t.co/1Mg2ISRvi1

26 Mar 15
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Feast your eyes on our delectable cocktails perfectly poured in partnership with @MRPORTERLIVE http://t.co/7LshGImpGE http://t.co/sdUBVVwDFS

26 Mar 15
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Maximum chill, minimum dilution - guaranteed with our ice ball maker. Purchase yours at http://t.co/GPyHee4LtJ http://t.co/j2gxW0Kwuq

25 Mar 15
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As today marks #WorldWaterDay, we raise a dram of @LALIQUE Cire Perdue to our friends @charitywater... http://t.co/oiD7YW7EP3

22 Mar 15
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To celebrate @Spirit_Speyside festival we've partnered with @angelshareglass to create The Macallan whisky angel http://t.co/rIvplXnXG1

20 Mar 15
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To celebrate @Spirit_Speyside festival we've partnered with @Angelsshareglass to create The Macallan whisky angel http://t.co/rIvplXnXG1

20 Mar 15
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#HappyBirthday to our friend @JosepPituRoca! Discover how you can celebrate with him at our Ultimate Dinner... http://t.co/MC4l5YkAsT

19 Mar 15
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¡Feliz Día del Padre, amigos! Brindemos con una copa de The Macallan M #DiaDelPadre http://t.co/bAYpeMNXlW

19 Mar 15
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Today, we're raising a dram of our rich Ruby to say #HappyMothersDay - Sláinte! http://t.co/5HdmSWlOMd

15 Mar 15
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This is our idea of the perfect whisky & wardrobe pairing; Gold, @HugoBoss gloves, scarf & a @Borsalino_World fedora! http://t.co/kqq47b3xR0

13 Mar 15
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RT @V_and_A: Preparations begin for Alexander @WorldMcQueen #SavageBeauty Fashion Gala, presented by @AmexUK @KeringGroup http://t.co/9s9jM

12 Mar 15
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What better way to start the weekend than with a dram of The Macallan? Which fine single malt will you pick? http://t.co/fDDVyqZqJc

06 Mar 15
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With notes of dried fruits and sweet toffee, our 12 Years Old Sherry Oak is one to be savoured by the fire… http://t.co/mgEJejUbDi

05 Mar 15
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With hints of oranges and apples, our Sienna pairs perfectly with lobster tropical salad this #FineFoodFriday... http://t.co/GKiwue0tqk

27 Feb 15
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Join @AmericanPhoto for a behind the scenes look at our specially created #MacallanMasters @MarioTestino Edition... http://t.co/wCF3fqRcYk

26 Feb 15
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Today we dedicate #WhiskyWednesday to @GWR 'most expensive whisky ever sold at auction', The Macallan M 6-litre... http://t.co/nn9weuLvQ6

25 Feb 15
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This #FineFoodFriday we've paired our rich Ruby with pork loin, Angolian vegetables and old mustard sauce... http://t.co/aKRlf9T89X

20 Feb 15
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Happy #ChineseNewYear! @MaryinVancity has all the inspiration you need to celebrate with The Macallan http://t.co/x0rh8JjmS8

19 Feb 15
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Today we focus on our sophisticated Fine Oak collection. Which expression is your favourite? http://t.co/bUFCMX8qFe

18 Feb 15

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