tuddy24 wrote:Hi Everyone,
Is the above Macallan overrated? I'm always looking for a new SM to try, blends too, and I seem to get steered away from this brand regularly. The 10 year is $35 at my local shop and right around where I'd like to spend. The below are are in order of favorite to least favorite. Thanks for your input.
Highland Park 12
Glenfiddich 15 Solera
Black Bottle (no age statement)
Johnny Walker Black
You'd be better off trying(and I'm sure I head a chorus here!)the Macallan "exclusively finished in sherry casks from Jerez" , the standard bottling being a 12 YO I believe, in US(here in UK it;s a 10). You don;t have any whiskies on your list that are what we call "sherry monsters", and you owe it to yourself to try! Generally mush preferred by whisky lovers, who associate the name "Macallan" with this style, as their "official bottlings" were all in this style for so long. The "Fine Oak" series is relatively new, and though introduced amidst much marketing fanfare, is really a way of compensating for a drop off in the availablity of good sherry casks, hence the whisky in this range is not all from sherry casks. You have a great example of "mixed casks" in the Solera - a great dram.
the "old style" Macallan was one of my first whiskies, and I loved it. Still return to it from time to time, with much affection!
Glenfarclas(try the 15) and Aberlour are two other distilleries that specialise in sherry cask maturation. But I think i prefer the Macallan...perhaps for sentimental reasons!
the 18YO sherry version is especially good...but expensive.