10YO Sherry Oak – SHERRYBABY right from the start
Macallan Sherry Oak is matured in selected sherry oak casks from Jerez. Unlike the Macallan Fine Oak, which is matured in different kind of casks. I got the Macallan tripack, which includes 3 x 33,3 cl of the 10YO, 12YO Elegancia and the 10YO Cask Strength version (reviewed below).
Macallan 10YO Sherry Oak is probably a nice dram for sherry whisky friends. Unfortunately I don’t belong to that category.
For my taste this dram was bit of a sherrybomb, or in movie talk, should I say: Sherrybaby.
Nose: Fruits with some toffee notes and a big sherry feel.
Taste: Dried fruits soaked in powerful sherry wood.
Finish: Lasting finish with wee spices and dominating sherry. Sweet with the sherry oak stealing the show.
Balance: I’ve started to notice, that Macallan’s aren’t the best ones for my palate but for people, who like the sherry influence, this might be a good choice.
Colour: Pale Gold
Nose: 20 | Taste: 19 | Finish: 18 | Balance: 20
Overall score: 77
Cask Strength version – SHERRYBABY once again
Very much like the normal 10YO Sherry Oak reviewed above. I used to be bad with cask strength whisky and adding water to them. That’s why I used to prefer the lighter version, like with Macallan Sherry Oak. Practice makes perfect and probably my palate is more amenable nowadays. This cask strength version was otherwise similar, but with a more nutty and sherry influenced palate. This is also much warming with spices, cinnamon is very present.
Colour: Deep red amber
Nose: 20 | Taste: 20 | Finish: 21 | Balance: 20
Overall score: 81
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