This mature expression is part of The Macallan’s Fine Oak range, designed to showcase the personality of the malt ornamented with oak spices brought to robust heights with time. Twenty-one years in sherry and bourbon casks add tasty brown spices and vanilla to the concentrated malt core for a serious expression of The Macallan.
The first nose brings forward oak spices, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and vanilla, opening the way for an intense, focused malt reminiscent of bitter orange peels and hints of tropical fruit surrounded by fluttering scents of peat smoke.
Flavor intensity and a coating mouthfeel characterize the Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak. Layered flavors of slightly sweet, mature fruit malt, Sherry brown spices, and bourbon’s charred vanilla flavors unfold on the palate going deep into an interminable finish.
The citrus and tropical malt flavors evolve into a lengthy, warm finish escorted by the double oak spices over a concentrated smoke aftertaste.
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The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak is a conservative and straightforward take on The Macallan’s malts. It showcases malt purity and fine oak spices, but especially what time brings to the conversation in terms of concentration and depth of flavor. Smoothness and elegance are highlighted, and nothing distracts from the naturally colored golden malt infused by the hand-picked casks and brought home by a lengthy maturation.
Other Macallan expressions to try
The Macallan Double Cask 18 Years Old features a similar time-worn mouthfeel and grandeur. It is an equally pure malt expression but has a more distinct new oak profile and shows less spiciness.