Macallan Fine Oak Scotch Single Malt 17 Year is as good as any in the world—refreshing and brisk, almost cooling, and perfect to sip on a summer evening.
is one of the “Big 3”
distilleries in Scotland,
and, fortunately for us, they have achieved this scale without sacrificing quality. A recent change in UK labeling laws aced them out of their “Speyside”
designation. But just because the Lords and Ladies of British Parliament gerrymandered the “official”
boundaries doesn’t mean whiskey-lovers have to pay any attention. We consider them a Spey in all the best ways.
The Macallan was founded in 1824 by Alexander Reid, a barley farmer and school teacher. And The Macallan has been schooling other Whiskies ever since. Their innovations and achievements are far too numerous to list here—including setting the record price ever paid at auction for a single bottle of Scotch. They produce a wide and deep range of single-malt Whiskies and every single one of them is as good as any in the world.
Have you tried the Macallan Fine Oak range yet? If you are a fan of The Macallan—and there are a lot of us—you might expect the Fine Oak series to share the darker color and sweet Sherry character of their core single-malt. Macallan Fine Oak Scotch Single Malt 17 Year is the same, but different, and it is a difference to savor.
The entire Macallan Fine Oak
line is “triple wood” aged
—meaning that they blend their signature malt aged in three cask
types: the traditional Spanish Sherry casks, American Bourbon barrels,
and American oak Sherry casks.
This results in a whiskey that is a bit less sweet and is lighter in color than it’s better-known siblings. And the 17YO
is one of the most highly regarded of the line—refreshing and brisk, almost cooling and perfect to sip on a summer evening. So if you haven’t tried Macallan Fine Oak Scotch Single Malt 17 Year
yet, what’s stopping you?
The “Big 3” distilleries in Scotland are #1 Glenlivet, #2 Macallan, and #3 Glenfiddich. Together, they produce nearly 20 million bottles of Whiskey per year—mostly used in their individual single-malt offerings.