During a family dinner last Christmas I got the chance to taste The Macallan Fine Oak 12 YO. Some years ago I shared my tasting notes on The Macallan Elegancia 12 YO (it is in Norwegian). The Elegancia is matured in Oloroso and Fino Sherry Casks while Fine Oak is “tripled cask matured” which The Macallan Distillery explains like this:
The Macallan Fine Oak is triple cask matured in a unique, complex combination of exceptional oak casks; European oak casks seasoned with sherry, American oak casks seasoned with sherry and American oak casks seasoned with bourbon. This triple cask combination delivers an extraordinarily smooth, delicate yet complex single malt, matured at The Macallan Distillery for a minimum of twelve years.
It is bottled at 40 ABV. It is available in Norway at NOK 649,90.
Very oaky on the nose, but sweet at the same time. I get vanilla and a lot of fruits, including bananas. A bit metallic. It almost smells like peanut butter or something other nutty stuff. The taste is surprisingly smooth. Not what I expected from the nose. I get bananas, cookies and nuts. The finish is nutty and spicy. White pepper and quite dry. After a few sips the taste seems a bit watery.
My score: nose 20 / taste 20 / finish 20 / balance 20 = 80