My personal preference is the 18-year-old but it carries a hefty price tag anywhere from $120-$160 a bottle, so I often go with the less expensive 12-year-old or 10-year-old. There is a clear distinction in taste and status but one can never go wrong with any of the Macallan scotch whiskies because the company produces some of the best single malts in the world.
Today I am going to focus on the 10-year-old because that is what I currently have resting beside my delicious Alex Bradley Prensado cigar here in my cigar cave. I always drink my scotch neat and this one is no exception. A lot of scotch drinkers like to add rocks or a splash of water to their scotch to release flavors. I prefer it neat because I feel the water or rocks water it down too much and I lose some of the “bite” and smokiness that I love. To each his own.
Beginning in 2004 Macallan introduced the Fine Oak series which is matured in seasoned American oak casks and sherry casks from Spain. This delicious malt is triple cask matured for a minimum of 10 years in a complex combination of oak casks, Spanish oak seasoned with sherry, American oak seasoned with sherry, and America oak seasoned with bourbon to deliver an extremely complex single malt whisky.
When I poured the Fine Oak into my glass, it immediately emitted the delectable aroma of oak spiced butterscotch with a dollop of treacle that steadily accents the butterscotch while preventing too much sweetness. When I finally broke free of my aroma inflicted trance, I placed the lip of the glass gently against my lips and graciously welcomed the light caramel and sweet honey flavors blanket my palate.
When I finally decided to swallow her golden river of bliss it flowed down the shoot with a bit of a “bark”, which I enjoy. If you prefer a smoother ride to the gullet try adding an ice cube or a splash of water but like when she bites on her way down.
There is so much to savor in the Macallan 10-year-old fine Oak, especially its wonderfully complex, rich character. It retails for about $40 a bottle.
Like I said earlier, I enjoyed my Macallan 10-year-old fine Oak with an Alec Bradley Prensado cigar but I think any medium to full bodied cigar would pair nicely with this scotch, especially an AF1 by Emilio Cigars.