Nose: Distinctively (Sherried) Macallan, which for us means Christmas cake and dried fruits, but also flinty match heads... however there's also honey here. It's lighter - noticeably lighter on the nose than its Sherry Oak sibling.
Palate: The same notes you can find on the 12 yo Sherry Oak are here - raisins, Brazil nuts, orange zest and dried apricots, but it's all just a bit lighter, sweeter, with a good dollop of honey thrown into the mix.
Finish: The sherry influence is there, but it doesn't dominate the finish. There's a floral, citrusy note at the end that we haven't seen on the more traditional sherried Macallans, but is evident on the Fine Oak 12.
Rating (on my very non-scientific scale): 91/100. An enjoyable and very sippable dram - one that perfectly fills the gap between the 12yo Sherry and Fine oak bottlings.
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