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The nose is quite subtle and of medium-body. There are notes of rich, lush stone fruits and Bramley apple, a hint of peel and some Calvados notes. There are some dry wood notes with a definite mustiness. The palate is quite full and round with plenty of bourbon notes. The winter spices and vanilla crème abound with a chewy oak underlying. A little dark chocolate appears. The finish is of medium-length with dry oak.
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My father-in-law got me a bottle of this last Christmas and my initial impressions weren't that good. It was quite nippy, almost astringent for a 15 yo, 43% whisky. Not much going on other than old wood, some spice and some barrel char. About a 1/3 of the bottle was gone then I let it sit for months untouched. I've just revisited this whisky recently and wow, what a difference! Richer maltiness, leather, raisins, dried apricots, orange peel and old wood on the nose. Taste is similar with even more sweetness, figs, oak char, tobacco and barley sugar. Very enjoyable dram now.
20th September 2015
It is expensive but it is good.
9th July 2015
Macallan 15 is very good. One of the best I've had from them. Seriously, don't hate just because you don't like the price. I do not trust the ratings here that people post. Neither should you.
Bought this today and it is very good! Problem with different bottlings?
27th June 2015
This is a big disappointment. And the high price just adds to the feeling of unfulfillment. Way too much alcohol and far too little flavor.
24th June 2015
Calling this "subtle" is definitely understating it. Lacks complexity on the arrival and a finish is nowhere to be found in this. With or without a bit of water, there is really nothing here worth mentioning. Until the bottle is finished, this is the one I bring out whenever I have guests that shoot their whisky rather than taste it.
11th June 2015
This is ruined in my opinion with the sulfured casks that Macallan seems to have problems with lately. Completely devoid of complexity as the strong sulfur smell overpowers the whisky. I recommend you avoid, every year Macallan seems to go a little more downhill.
15th May 2015
Hi there! The Macallan 15 Year Old Fine Oak has indeed been discontinued (in the UK to start, with a move to encompassing the rest of the world soon) and replaced with the no age statement, 1824 Series. You can read more about it here: http://www.masterofmalt.com/Blog/post/Macallan-to-replace-10-12-and-15-year-old-core-range-with-no-age-statement-single-malt-whiskies.aspx. --The Chaps at Master of Malt
11th May 2015
Is it really discontinued?
It tastes nice.
23rd January 2015
can't really get into this one. the 10 year fine oak I though was quite good. someone tell me what I'm missing
21st January 2015
Wanted to branch out from glenlevitt (i like the Nadura). So i bought this. No comparison. The naddura tastes way better to me. Despite having a bite and costing half again as much, Macallan tastes watered down to me.
16th October 2014
I feel people may find their purchasing skewed by the shoddy reviews of the 15yr macallan it is a very tasty dram and we'll worth the price tag I have a couple of bottles and it is a nice drinking whisky rather than a special occasions OMG whisky but worth every penny even so.
26th July 2014
what a complete waste of money. I've had the 10, 11, 15 and 18 year old and these coloured expressions (I'm told by the Macallen rep) are supposed to be the same just different bottles. Bull*^%#! not a single one even comes close to comparing to the year expressions. Macallen has gone down hill on my opinion. I'll spend my money elsewhere.do yourself a favour and do the same. what a sad shame and a waste.
25th July 2014
I was hoping to find something in the Macallan range near the quality of 18 that didn't cost nearly as much. Huge mistake grabbing this bottle. I'm sitting here drinking it just to kill it and get it out of my sight.The smell is deceptive, you can detect some wood and subtle fruits. As soon as it hits your tongue, all flavors disappear. Initially, it just tastes like light alcohol, extremely clinical and dry, then the alcohol begins to dissipate and you're left with what basically tastes like water. You get a bit of smoke and the tiniest hint of toffee in the finish, but that's about it. Extremely whatever, you'll do better with almost anything else for the price.
31st March 2014
Bought this to supplement my growing collection with something that was well reviewed from Macallan in the price range.I messed up.Don't get me wrong, it's not the worst dram I've ever had. But wow.. there really isn't much to it. All i get is alcohol on the palate... Overly dry- not a hint of sweetness. You can smell a bit of oak on the nose, but not much else.I think there's a bunch of pumped up reviews out there to get this crap off the shelves.For the same price, the Lagavulin 16 is 50 times the value.
16th February 2014
You spelled allergic wrong-- but I'll drink to that and your note implying to "just drink the damn Scotch, will ya?!"
1st January 2014
What the heck you fools talking about? It taste like booze. With a hint of bile and the promise of a hangover. Wait a minute! I am alergic to plum!
26th December 2013
this is one of the better 12 year old sherried whiskies I've tasted sofar. Smooth, round, lingering long, very long in your mouth with hints of peaches and plums, malt, sweetness from buttered candies, an old fashioned Macallan. Not a great body though, however a well, very well made Speysider.
18th April 2013
And YOU spelled the word "the" wrong. Tacky and shoddy looking.
19th August 2012
Good spot, it now says wood, not owod!
11th January 2011
You spelled thevword "wood" wrong. Tacky and shoddy looking.
10th January 2011
In recent years there has been a definite lowering of standards at that Mecca of Speyside distilleries - Macallan. You can usually tell when a previously great disillery goes off the boil by the number of 'special editions' and different wood finishes it begins to employ! The staple 10 yo and 12 yo became very bland. This expression however proves Macallan can still compete & compare with the best. Classically smooth, rounded and balanced. Welcome back!
16th December 2009