"I ended up dumping it."
Ouch! Too bad you did not enjoy it. It seems people either love or hate sherry barrel aged whiskey. I have enjoyed Macallan as one of my first single malts.
It's also worth noting that the Irish whiskeys you're referring to (I'm guessing 12-year or 18-year Jameson) still use a lot of American Oak, with only a smaller portion being Spanish.
Secondly, MacAllan is one of the few distilleries that can actually get their hands on ex-sherry casks-- most "Sherry Matured" whisk(e)y nowadays are not matured in Spanish Oak casks used for Sherry exactly once, but used several times. High grade ex-sherry casks are difficult to get a hold of nowadays, hence the rise in popularity of French Oak, Port Pipes, and Madeira Drums.
"Suppose he's got a pointed stick!?!"
- Eric Idle, Monty Python's Flying Circus
Back home tonight after a grueling ten day trip away from home. A nice, big pour of Talisker was my reward for my labors and is greatly appreciated.
Got the flu while traveling and after I healed up some I decided to try to locate some good bourbon to no avail. In a decent restaurant in the Los Angeles area the best whisky I could find was Macallan 12, an utter disappointment.
Back home with the Talisker is really working for me now though, and all prior miseries are forgotten.
Macallan is an aquired taste
Clynelish 14 and now Bowmore 17
Whisk(e)y - a bargain at any price !!!
Yamazaki 12 yrs old. Lemony, ginger, zesty, a bit of smoke, fruity. Its very nice and a great change of pace
We had a dregs party tonight . First we killed a bottle of Redbrest. Then we finished the Glenlevit Naddurra, then we finished with an Old Ballantraun (a peated Tomintoul) not available in the US (darn it!) Just about a dram apiece in each of the bottles. Then a supper of deer marinated in Kaluha, rum, and bourbon served over noodles with port wine. You wonder why I'm fat?