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The Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak

(70cl, 40%)

The Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak

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The Macallan Fine Oak 10 Bottling Note

This 10 year old from The Macallan Fine Oak Range was matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

The nose is quite clean and crisp. There are some gristy cereal notes with rubbed petals and a pastry note. A milky note emerges with a little marmalade. The palate is quite smooth and of medium-body. Notes of oily nuts and barley with some bourbon notes. There are hints malt extract and caramel sweetness. The finish is of medium length with chewy oak.

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Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak Reviews

Spicy but perfect

Been drinking Scotch for 8 years but haven't tried much outside of Speyside honestly. This 10yr fine oak to me brings a lot of spice and heat to the mouth. Not so much the lingering burn down the throat top end scotch brings. For some reason I don't taste/smell much of the vanilla some others do. BUT it has a nice SPICED initial hit with fruity tones and a quick linger.

10th October 2018

Summertime Delight

After 30+ years of drinking bourbon I thought I would foray into Scotch. My first bottle was a Glenfiddich 12 yo which was a bit coarse but more enjoyable than most bourbons. My next was a Macallan 10 FO, and I was amazed by the difference: light, smooth... summery. I’ll definitely try others but this I believe will be my summertime dram... living in N. Florida that means 9 mos. out of the year. Cheers!

13th August 2018

Very nice

First Macallan I tasted and when drunk side by side with the 12 Fine Oak the youth of the 10 shines through. If you like bourbon cask whisky this is not a bad choice. Now a treasured bottle bought at £50 2 yards back, slim chance another would follow. Definitely one to taste if the chance comes up and the taste does grow on you.

18th May 2018

Rose on the nose

Smooth... Fruity for sure... on the nose I get rose. Not seen many whiskey with rose on the nose. Not complex very simple. It is like drinking white wine.

7th September 2017

Not Bad

Smooth and interesting.

25th October 2016

Exceptionally smooth

Very smooth, surprised by the low ratings. Perfect sweetness and not too charred.

14th August 2016

Unique and very enjoyable

I'm wondering what The Chaps are drinking. Rubbed petals? Marmalade?
I mostly review undestilled beer, but here goes...
Vanilla, virgin white oak and a modest measure of peaty loch water in the nose. No bourbon here; just loads of vanilla and that light peat component. Medium-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel. More peat, toffee, vanilla and fa light splash of white and dry fortified wine in the flavor. Lingering fuzzy fruit in the warming finish. BAM.

9th April 2016

For $40 very happy

Got this much cheaper than posted on here and I'm loving it. Has a lovely pear flavor thatReminds me of glenlivet 12 but more oak, smoother and with some nice sherry notes. If you can get this cheaper it is great but I don't know if I would pay over $70 for this it is a 10 year. The sugarbear

26th March 2016

Not Too Bad

This is my first try of this brand. It is better then a 16 yr old from another maker I have had. Good nose and holds up well in the $50 range. It has a very strong spirit finish that lingers, reminds me that I am drinking Scotch. I like it.

14th March 2016

Only one problem

This is very very good. One tastes like four and I have to drive home.

6th November 2015

MacAllan 10

Simply the best whisky out there! I'm not a whisky drinker but my boss bought me a bottle as a thank you for all the work I had put in. After one taste of it I'm a reformed character the vodka is now second to macallan 10 !

15th June 2015

Very nice

This bottle made me realize that I don't care for the more heavily sherried ones. Appeals much more to my senses. Also I don't feel that the older stuff is more desirable. This I will replace when finished. Great stuff and I had been drinking the Nadurra previously which I like more, however I am comparing them right now and while I love them both, I do find the Macallan 10 FO to be more approachable in a way.

3rd June 2015


my new favorite from macallan after having the 12 year and the directors edition. not as smooth as the directors but lighter on the sherry which allows the other flavors to come thru better. nice for a change from my usual peat monster islays.

20th May 2015

Very surprised

I am usually only a fan of Islay scotch and so I was hesitant when given this bottle as a gift. But I am certainly surprised how much I like this dram. It has the usual Macallan nutty oil flavor. This stuff is so smooth!

28th March 2015


Macallan used to be Number 1.
Now its only a "Premium NAS Brand"

27th March 2015

GIve me a Macallan 10 over a Glen 15 any day

Smooth. Very nice and I challenge you to find a equal or better in the same class. I can't believe people are trashing this. Oh wait, hating on Macallan or any "name" scotch is all the rage these days.

8th January 2015

just doesn't live up to it's name

Macallen are turning out some god awful stuff at vastly over price ,try Glen grant's 10 yr old instead much much nicer than this over priced rubbish at quite a bit less.

31st December 2014

Great buy

Smooth oily texture with great taste and heat - love this whiskey. Very similar to the Amber - non age defined but for 2/3rd cost - at the moment my favorite by a long margin!

24th June 2014

the perfect birthday closer

I got a bottle from a friend who prefers a different brand. I fell in love with it. I've had three glasses since I got it but I think I'm going to save it for the close of my birthday every year. I had one this year and I absolutely loved it like it was a very special treat just for me.

20th March 2014

a grower

when I first opened this a month ago I was somewhat unimpressed it tasted bland and metallic, but now its a different story, the nose is clean and packed full of creamy vanilla sweetness yet clean and crisp on the palate the vanilla comes through again like a rich crème brulee, barley sugar then the finish which I would describe as medium length just a smooth creamy vanilla note is left leaving a warm cosy feeling. not the most complex of offerings but great for a beginner although in my opinion and it is only an opinion, you could get a lot more bang for the buck. e.g. for the novice old pultney 12 or aberlour 10 or for the more experienced ardbeg/dalmore/balblair,lagavulin or coalila are all less money but streets ahead.

27th September 2013

Nice but bit bland

Quite smooth, some good tasting notes, think some overly critical.

For the price the are better and more complex ones, but a pleasant dram, and one I will replace when finished though maybe with a 12 or 15 which are both better in terms of depth of flavour.

Uncomplicated easy drinker for when your not in the mood for smokey or complicated.

12th July 2013

Macallan 10 Fine Oak

I had a bottle of this 3 or 4 years when I was just beginning to explore malts and I just remember being totally underwhelmed by it, it was and still is one of the few times I’ve been disappointed with a whisky, be it cheap blends or expensive malts. I wouldn’t say that it tastes bad in any way, it just (as mentioned above) has no character and left no impression on me. I’ve been tempted to buy it again because I thought perhaps it was me that was the problem, either my inexperience at the time or perhaps I just had some particularly good malts prior to it but looking at the other reviews it seems I wasn’t far wrong.

1st June 2013

Mike M. Macallan Fine Oak 10 USA

SURPRISE ,SURPRISE! Over 20yr drinker of the Sherry Cask and never thought to try the Fine Oak ( in my opinion defeating the whole purpose of Macallan) was given a bottle of the 10yr triple cask and actually enjoyed it! I would suggest this to those wanting to try Scotch for the first time. 1-it's super smooth for a 10yr., 2-You get that so slightly (what is Macallan) sherry cask taste.

27th May 2013

Mediocre at best

Says it all. Im disappointed with this one and it doesnt happening often im disappointed with whisky..

3rd May 2013

William Semple

Mediocre at best. Why did Macallan risk their great reputation on this? I had heard although cannot confirm it, that they ran out of sherry casks. Should have tried something else Macallan! It will make me very warey of any future Macallan purchases.

3rd February 2013


Are they supposed to sell it to you in the cask or something? haha.
Macallan is my favorite scotch, and Glenfidich, but this 10 year fine oak sucked. No flavor at all. Almost like it was watered down. I'm looking forward to trying the 17 year fine oak though.

2nd January 2013

Nothing special

Pale and lacking in character, I thought the nose was seriously lacking (definite hints of caramel but I was getting nothing more), although it was strangely robust on the palate. It's nothing special and I wouldn't buy again, although worth noting that I prefer Islay malts and the inherent peatiness they have. Wife thought it was the worst smelling whisky she's ever known. She's not a whisky drinker.

25th December 2012


This one is understandably not as popular as the 10 year old Sherry Oak, which has the typically sherried Macallan style. The Fine Oak reminds me a bit of a Glenfiddich - i.e. smooth, light, fragrant, not particularly great but not bad either. Doesn't deserve its bad publicity, but a bit unlucky the Sherry Oak range is so great and distinctive by comparison.

22nd June 2012

Sherry for me please rating.....

6/10, at a push!

26th May 2012

Sherry for me please

Strangely enough, it's great to see that someone prefers the Fine Oak to the Sherry, because I love the Sherry version and have a great deal of trouble enjoying the Fine Oak version. Let your own debate begin...

26th May 2012

Fine Oak?

I hope you're joking mate - too funny, must be a joke? On another note was at my friends wedding this weekend and all the male guests were given a 5cl sample of this. Thought it to be a very fine whisky, very smooth to drink, I usually prefer Isaly single malts but this one definitely has potential.

7th May 2012

"I hope you're joking mate"

Could not agree more !!!!

4th December 2011

ernie robertson

The Mcallan 10 yr single malt is the best produced by far,better flavour, body and after taste than any of the more expensive and longer matured casks,Ifully recommend it.

13th November 2011

Why call it "Fine Oak?"

I hope you're joking mate.

17th September 2010

Great Whisky

I love this - I bought it for my granddad.

30th June 2010

Real Spirit

Clean, gentle oak and barley with delicate hint of fruit. Distinctive Macallan spirit comes through.

29th May 2010

As for the 10YO Fine Oak is more classy than Sherry Oak

Fine Oak is really fresh, clean, with a nice balance of oaky/milky tones and fuity ones. A bit more interesting than sherry twin 10yo.

7th December 2009

Why call it Fine Oak?

It says this is part of the 'Fine Oak Range' - yet it comes in a glass bottle. What a rip-off!

26th November 2009

15 YO is the best Fine Oak Macallan

The reputation of this series lays with the older editions. 12 YO is not bad but the 10 YO expression is a bit too young, with just a hint of the finish:(

13th October 2009

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