Macallan Scotch – Select Oak from the 1824 Selection

It is a slightly cold and windswept Tuesday evening on this the 1st day of September 2009, when in Jim’s dining room gathered Jim, Dougie and Nicola with our guest taster Bruce Paterson (a highly specialised nurse from Detroit, Michigan USA). Bruce has for as far as he can remember had an undying love for Scotland and all things Scottish and of course that includes it’s national drink, Scotch. (p.s. he also loves Irn-Bru) Bruce has been given the honory title of the Whisky Boy American Ambassador.

The choice of tonight’s tasting is a Macallan Scotch, and on this occasion it was not purchased by any of the Whisky Boys but indeed supplied by Bruce, who picked it up at the duty free on his travel to Scotland. (and the other good thing is it came in the litre size bottle)

Macallan Select Oak from the 1824 Selection.macallan-select-oak-1824-selection

Macallan Distillery,
Easter Elchies,
Moryashire AB38 9RX

telephone 01340 871471


Owner, Edrington Group.

The new 1824 Collection is a definitive range of Single Malts, and we suggest you check them out on Macallan’s website.

The Select Oak is matured in the highest quality Spanish and American oak casks, specially selected by George Espie, The Macallan Master of Wood.

From acorn to your favourite dram glass takes over 100 years of great care and attention to produce this exceptional wee dram.

Now let the tasting begin.

Colour…Perfect Amber

Dougie’s tasting

Nose…Dried fruit and honey.

Taste…Very mellow honey with a great sherry fruitiness and a peppery tingle.

Finish…Medium/long finish sweet with a touch of citrus.

Jim’s tasting

Nose…Sweet sherried fruit, very delicate.

Taste…needs only a splash of H2O, sweet and spicy showing a wee touch of vanilla.

Finish…Quite long with a spicy/sweet tingle.

Bruce’s tasting

Nose…Plenty of sherry and honey.

Taste…Woody and spicy a gem of a dram.

Finish…Medium length, sweet and woody, can I have another, please.

Nicola’s tasting

Nose…A beautiful sweetness with some vanilla.

Taste…Spice, sweet fruit and more vanilla.

Finish…long and spicy, I like this one very much.


First we have to say thanks to Bruce for bringing this fabulous Single Malt to our table.

We all agreed that this wee dram was of the highest quality and will be a winner throughout the world. This Malt is very easy to drink especially with a little dash of water added, which helps bring out some of the exceptional flavour and delicate aroma’s.

Well done once again, Macallan.

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