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The Macallan 30 year old Fine Oak

I was fortunate to stumble across this rare expression (it was described to me by www.masterofmalt.com as "rarer than rocking horse shit") by the dram in a restaurant at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  While a lot cheaper than buying a bottle I still paid a  "Vegas premium" for this one.  I was also suffering from some allergies so my nose and  taste might have been off that night so I will have to look for another sample at some point and update these notes then.   The nose was very nice, cookie dough, brown sugar and something fresh and fruity but not too citrusy... perhaps a tangerine.  The taste is also complex, as you would expect for something aged for 30 years, it is very dry with hallmark sherry notes and a bite of oak.  With a drop of water I got some sweet toffee, licorice and some of the sweet fruit from the nose.  The finish is very woody and dry and I got a hint of tobacco right at the end.  If I had not known this was from the Fine Oak range I would have thought it a traditional (ie classic) Sherry cask matured Macallan.  Complex and good, and as I only had half of a working nose I probably missed some of the more subtle American Oak influence.

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  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • Type: Single Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': Yes

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