Macallan 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Double Cask
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Seasoned American & European Oak
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
30 May 2018 5:11 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 62.39

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan 12-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.25 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] I visited the new impressive Macallan distillery today that they build for just 140 million GBP and that replaces both the old (original) Macallan distillery and the newly build second still house completely. Actually, both are shut down and cannot be easily revitalised because the old wooden wash backs fell dry already (hence they are leaking). Nevertheless, the customer experience they build with the new distillery is very modern and very impressive (it is really good, without any doubt) and the other good thing is: They do not accentuate the historic old processes and rules to produce a high quality dram but rather clearly state the modern way of "industrialised" whisky production - of course they say this is the best way of doing it...

    ...but is it really so? The only way to measure this is to check the result, the final product. Yes, the new make Macallan from this industrial operations site can be tasted earliest from 2028 onwards (unless they release an underaged edition what I doubt) - but the new owners are in charge since 1999 so it is fair to say that this most recent 12-years old release is exclusively produced under their regime. And guess what it is: A dull, two-dimensional and absolutely sub-standard whisky that I would not drink even if someone gifted me a bottle...
    • Nose
      76 76
      This nose is immature on feinty (cheesy/sweaty) and strange chemical aromas on top of a rather "unfinished" modern sherry profile (as if someone rushed the sherry to finish its job ahead of schedule). This all is really disgusting and usually such things come from both rushing the spirit distillation (including more feints through either later cut-off points or higher distillation temperatures) and fastening sherry cask "seasoning" (the casks contain sherry for just several months instead of years). I prefer to drink this dram (if I have to) with a kept shut nose, really!
    • Taste
      81 81
      The taste is sweet on simple sugars and ordinary sherry notes (little else) and woody on tannins (little else). It is neither layered nor balanced - it is just very simple and not even a shadow of the mighty dram that made Macallan famous decades ago. Actually, I prefer most other Scottish distilleries over this dram these days… Water even worsens the nose and flattens the taste so forget this option, too!
    • Finish
      80 80
      The initial mouthfeel is warming but not coating at all with an unpleasant drying-astringent feeling. The finish is of medium length and simple as the taste with a bitter-drying end.

      What else to say? Give me back my beloved old Macallan style - or to say it honestly: Invest more in quality and less in marketing!!!

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    A very modern, somewhat generic whisky that doesn't do any favours to Macallan's reputation.
    • Nose
      Slightly metallic, hinting at a touch of sulphur, with hints of raisins, Gouda cheese, mocha and sandalwood. There's a whiff of chalk too.
    • Taste
      Fairly spicy (clove, pepper) with tannins and slightly underdeveloped, modern sherry notes. Decent, but I find it hard to believe this is actually 12 years old.
    • Finish
      A tad bitter and dry, and pretty short.

  3. WhatToDrink scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    The first bottle of whisky I bought as I started becoming a bit more "serious" about whisky.

    Been open for almost a year.

    Still half full though, I struggle to finish this one and I want to get rid of it, to make room for other brands in my cupboard.

    Finally, last night, I was able to decant the remaining 250ml into some smaller bottles (and pour a large dram to try to finish, which I didn't completely).

    For me, after having tried several other expressions (Glendronach, Springbank, Kilkerran, Aberlour etc etc), this Macallan 12 is just a bit...too........boring.

    Bottled at the bare minimum 40%, chill-filtered and aged in what seems like quickly seasoned casks, makes, for me, a pretty meh experience.
    Also, there is a whiff of a little sulfur throughout, which really makes it difficult to enjoy properly.

    A fair beginner Scotch, although I would rather serve my friends a Glendronach 12 instead.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Waxy, some sherry, yes, a bit candy and a clear tone of slight sulfur in the back. There is something here that is very "Macallan'ish", it can perhaps be the waxiness.

      Does not change much with water or time.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet initially, short development with some spicy notes coming through.
      Dies off rather quickly though, so this is not a dram to slush around for too long before swallowing.
      Water did not alter this experience much, perhaps toned down the more bitter notes a touch.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Short, a bit tart and dry, the slight sulfur-note shows up slightly in the background here.
      Does not hang around for very long after that.

  4. VanOpek scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
      woody, honey, leather, floral, vanilla cream, porridge with hints of yeast, caramel, raisins, walnut
    • Taste
      81 81
      semi-dry, pepper, light, after a while: floral, wood, grapefruit, vanilla, cinnamon, simple, gentle and pleasant.
    • Finish
      79 79
      dry, hints of oak wood, well balanced, very gentle, bitterness, vanilla, mid-long

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. BenNevis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I don't think this is as bad as some of the ratings would suggest,
    • Nose
      Almonds, hints of wood, sherry and spices
    • Taste
      The sherry is quite soft, wood spice, I also got a hint of tobacco.
    • Finish
      Medium, woody, spice and just on the sweet side.

      Easy drinking and enjoyable, One of the better new Macallans. As good or if not better than some of the NAS bottlings that are 2X or 4X the price

  7. Achilles scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Myke scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    interesting profile in the nose and taste, unfortunately with a very short finish.
    The Macallan should always breathe a little (open about 1 week beforehand so that air can get in), then it develops again (changes in aroma and taste for the better).
    • Nose
      77 77
      very sweet (honey-sweet & caramel) and fruity. Sherry note gets through well. Raisins, figs and dates as dark red fruits. Behind it a citrus note towards orange. Then some milk chocolate. There is also a very light alcohol note. If it stands a little bit, a slightly cheesy aroma comes through - it's a little strange, I've never had it like ... As if a piece of cheese had fallen into the sherry. But you have to concentrate on it. This later turns into a sulfur aroma. This "cheese aroma" disappears after about 1 week when the whisky was able to breathe.
    • Taste
      82 82
      sweet, creamy-oily. Some spice builds up. There is a walnut aroma immediately, but they look a bit rancid (this somehow matches the cheese aroma in the first test ...) [Post-test: the walnuts no longer appear "rancid"]. With the second sip, a much sweeter, drier and a little honey taste. If you smell the rest of the whisky in the glass, the nut aroma is very clear together with the sherry aroma. Delays a little marzipan.
    • Finish
      70 70
      getting drier and short to medium-long finish. Oak and sherry aroma remain present along with a very light spice. A slight nuttiness (but this time general nut aroma with a tendency to walnut) remains. Too bad for the relatively simple aftertaste, because more could have come.


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