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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Day 233 Drink: The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak

At the Saratoga Beer Bourbon Scotch Invitational on Friday night I had the chance to taste an exception range of Scotch from The Macallan, including 12, 15, 18 and 21 year old whiskies. All had something to offer, but my group all agreed that the 21 year old was a special Scotch.

The Macallan 21 Year Old Fine Oak is an 86 proof single malt that is cask matured for a minimum of 21 years, in a combination of three different barrel types: oak casks, Spanish oak casks seasoned with sherry and American oak casks seasoned with Bourbon. The result is a light copper colored whisky that has an inviting aroma with a slightly sweet edge. The flavor has a hint of peat, some spice and a touch of orange peel. The finish is smooth with a lingering hint of smoke.

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