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

€ 67,04

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45 × member ratings

161 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 12-year-old

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.79 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. jankes scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83


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