Hi everyone. I was at a Vintage Celllar's store recently and was absolutely blown away to see a Macallan 10yrs original, not the Fine Oak series. I was glancing at all the whiskies and casually noticed the familiar grey box of the Macallan Fine Oak 10yrs. And then my eye struck another Macallan box that was a really vibrant red. I thought "what on earth is this?" as I eagerly picked up the box for a closer look.
And it was a Macallan 10yrs. And I thought to myself "could this possibly be the original Macallan?" and then as I read the contents of the box, I saw:
"Matured exclusively in sherry casks".
I was flabbergasted, as it's very difficult to find the original Macallan bottles. I checked out a suggested liquor outlet (Ist Choice) that advertised as having the original Macallan, but they in fact didn't. And there is one online site in my own country that advertises the original Macallan but I personally doubt it. I just think they haven't updated their website catalogue to indicate "Fine Oak".
Now, I know that it's the Macallan 12yrs, not the 10yrs, that has the legendary reputation. I asked the guy at Vintage Cellars can he get the Macallan 12yrs in? And he indicated that on their computer system, that they can't distinguish whether the 10 or 12 yrs is the original Macallan or the Fine Oak series. I put an order in for the Macallan 12yrs, at no obligation to me. And when it comes in, the guy is going to call me and only then will he be able to tell me if it's the Fine Oak series or the original.
So my question is this: assuming that I can't get the Macallan 12yrs original, is there much of a difference between the original Macallan 10yrs and original 12yrs? Would you recommend that I buy the original 10yrs if I can't get the original 12yrs?
It's just that I've read so much about the original Macallan 12yrs that I've wanted to try it at least once. My logic is that the original 10yrs would be at least very similar to the original 12yrs. But I don't know if that is off the mark or not.