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The Macallan Fine Oak - An Insight

Charlie Whitfield, our new East Coast USA Brand Ambassador offers an insight into The Macallan Fine Oak...

The award winning Macallan Fine Oak range was introduced in 2004, giving whisky drinkers the opportunity to experience a new style of The Macallan with this delicate and elegant single malt. This new venture took a new approach to the distillery's 180-year-old tradition of maturing new make spirit exclusively in Sherry casks made of European oak.

The Macallan Sherry Oak is about rich indulgence and is made from 100% sherry oak casks while Fine Oak is more about casual elegance and is triple cask matured. The luxury and heritage of The Macallan is at the heart of both expressions of this precious single malt.

We believe that the wood is responsible for 60% of the flavour of a single malt, so we make a significant investment and steadfast commitment to ensure our spirit is matured in exceptional oak casks.
The Macallan Fine Oak's triple cask maturation is a uniquely complex combination of exceptional oak casks: European oak casks that previously held sherry, American oak casks that previously held sherry and American oak casks that previously held bourbon.

Each cask will influence its contents in different ways. American oak casks, seasoned with bourbon or sherry, impart a subtle, delicate colour, with hints of apple, floral, vanilla and sweet citrus aromas and flavours. Spanish oak casks, seasoned with sherry, impart a deep, rich colour, with aromas and flavours of dried fruit, spice and chocolate orange. The Macallan is actually the only whisky that buys oak from America and ships it to Spain in staves to craft into casks that are then filled with sherry.

And the result? I'll leave you to be the judge, as like DNA, we all have different taste and aroma sensory receptors; but I think it creates a delightfully smooth and delicate Scotch with a dynamic and contemporary edge. This view is shared by my wife, whose favourite Macallan expression is the Fine Oak 15 year old, which has floral notes on the nose, combined with intense chocolate, orange and vanilla flavours on the palate. Jim Murray (whisky expert) also agrees with this sentiment, "The breadth and depth and sophistication of The Macallan Fine Oak is simply jaw-droppingly good."
In comparison with the robust, dried fruit spicy palate of The Macallan Sherry Oak expressions, The Fine Oak is smooth and light, with a delicate sweetness. As a result, these expressions can be enjoyed neat, but also take well to water and ice, if preferred, as well as providing an ideal base for a signature cocktail. My current favourite here in New York is the "Smokey Scotsman" made using Fine Oak 10, with muddled fresh sage leaves and lemon juice.

The 21 year old recently won best overall spirit at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge. Like the 25 and 30 years old, it has since received a new outfit and looks very stylish in its wooden box.
The Fine Oak range is very approachable and therefore ideal for both new single malt drinkers and connoisseurs alike. When should you drink it? Whenever you like, but I particularly enjoy it as a pre-dinner aperitif. Even within The Macallan Fine Oak range there is great variation, from 10 years old up to 30 years old expressions, so I would urge you to explore these to find your favourite – you can find out more here /

Please find me on Twitter (@MacCharlie) and tweet me a picture of yourself whilst enjoying the Fine Oak expression that you cherish most.

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That's @spirit_speyside festival over for 2015. Thanks to @angelshareglass & @HighlandChoc for joining us for a brilliant few days #dram15

04 May 15
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Our lovely whisky festival guests, & @hansoffringa, enjoying tonight's Fine and Rare @HighlandChoc pairing #dram15 http://t.co/1FG1zMJaon

02 May 15
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We have teamed up with @HighlandChoc for an extremely special Fine and Rare matching at the distillery this evening http://t.co/zT1lJ7M4l2

02 May 15
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This weekend we have a decision to make. Amber, Sienna or Ruby? Image via @Randalltan http://t.co/laXTyNuPzc

02 May 15
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All set up for a day of glass blowing demos with the wonderful @angelshareglass as part of @spiritofspeyside #dram15 http://t.co/54aYhkOeD8

02 May 15
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A very apt throwback to some 80s advertising we found within our archives.Do alfresco drams factor into your weekend? http://t.co/Vd7iuwM2sU

01 May 15
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Discover @whisky4everyone's take on the limited edition whisky from our #MacallanMasters @MarioTestino edition: http://t.co/omqfSNVyiS

30 Apr 15
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Today, the spotlight is on our rich & complex No.6, encased in finest @LALIQUE crystal http://t.co/R7X6fP7jmv

29 Apr 15
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As #LFW announce the move from @SomersetHouse to Brewer St Car Park – which is your preferred location (to enjoy a Macallan, of course)?

27 Apr 15
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Throwback to an evening of exceptional food & whisky with @cellercanroca & @bacchanaliasg in celebration of #WGS2015 http://t.co/tZj9ewjlqT

26 Apr 15
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Today we're opening The Macallan Reflexion to reveal a bold & full bodied whisky with notes of raisin & sultana http://t.co/KFZXLWqYYQ

25 Apr 15
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We’ve teamed up with @HighlandChoc for whisky & chocolate pairing events @Spirit_Speyside! Book your place here: http://t.co/cbHGcKxcl4

24 Apr 15
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! We love this image from @TommyWee of his favourite Macallans, what's yours? http://t.co/AmQeSUvK5Y

22 Apr 15
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The Macallan fan Jonny Milne gave us a glimpse of his suitcase essentials including our 12 Years Olds Sherry Oak http://t.co/cnXOoelmJz

20 Apr 15
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Feast your eyes on our #FineFoodFriday pairing of Sienna, grilled springbok loin, smoked aubergine & celeriac puree! http://t.co/fJ7J2habRn

17 Apr 15
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RT @angelshareglass Next week @The_Macallan Distillery will stock our new 12 year old angels - what do you think? http://t.co/WuoeG5lvyw

17 Apr 15
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Today we're opening a bottle of our rich 25 Years Old Sherry Oak, as captured by @joshrubin http://t.co/tHXnipLTEu

15 Apr 15
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Nothing beats a great dram with a great view. Where is your favourite view in the world to enjoy with a dram? http://t.co/jFRs7I7Psg

13 Apr 15
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It's time to open The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old… what better way to start the weekend? http://t.co/NEi2hjMzx0

10 Apr 15
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This week in our Meet the Master series we sit down with @RojaDove. Join us on a journey through the world of scents http://t.co/q95XPGwFgr

09 Apr 15
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This #WhiskyWednesday we're savouring our impeccable 18 Years Old Sherry Oak with notes of dried fruit & ginger http://t.co/Eaun2zi5PL

08 Apr 15
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Have a wonderful #Easter from everyone at The Macallan. What better occasion to enjoy chocolate with your dram? http://t.co/zKWMFOBh20

05 Apr 15
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Gentle & warming, our Sienna pairs perfectly with a chocolate pot & vanilla bean ice cream this #FineFoodFriday http://t.co/XUW9SbaMNX

03 Apr 15
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Housing some of our rarest whiskies, The Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge at Galaxy Macau Resort is our kind of bar… http://t.co/wSiET9hsBm

02 Apr 15
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Today we dedicate our #WhiskyWednesday to the Maple Old Fashioned cocktail. Sláinte! http://t.co/YdGjwjiUsJ http://t.co/WKUHsBUL0E

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