Macallan 12-year-old

Overall rating
81.41/100
votes
198
Whiskybase ID
WB113054
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Double Cask
Bottled
17.11.2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry Seasoned American & European Oak
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L0430C L02
Added on
30 may 2018 5:11 pm by maltaholic
Uncolored

Average value

€ 78.64

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Whisky reviews for Macallan 12-year-old

27 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.41 points.

  1. ZLako scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Was able to pick up a few of this "drinking bourbon" for a fair price. Now let's see what I think of it.

    N: Black dried fruits, sherry and raisins. Typical Macallan nose. Now getting some juicy oranges and cinnamon with some ginger. (88)

    P: It's so extremely smooth and rounded. First impression you are getting is the sherry influence kicking in with the dried fruits and raisins. Then the ginger coming through with oranges and some citrus. It's just extremely pleasant. (92)

    F: For a 40% it's long and lovely. Ginger comes through with some wood tannins, butterscotch and chocolate. (90)

    Quite good for the price still.
    88/92/90 = 90 pts/100

  2. robain scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      84 84
      Sherry with vanilla coating, spicy and elegant.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Like cotton for the throat, elegant, Sherry and a explosion of vanilla
    • Finish
      86 86
      Nice round Sherry vanilla

  3. MaroFF scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is my next Macallan 12 YO Double Cask tasting and I perceive this whisky differently each time.
    After the first time, it was a middle-class drink for me, heavily overrated and overpaid. The more often I reach for a glass with the content of this whisky, the more I am convinced of its taste. And despite the fact that she is only 12 years old, she has something that makes me want her presence in the glass to last longer.
    You definitely need to give her a lot of time in the glass for the so-called. gasping for breath.
    What am I missing?
    I guess the alcohol content. The 12-year-old version with an additional 6-8% more alcohol would be really interesting.
    I did the tasting and the note for the first time on an empty stomach, at 5 o'clock in the morning.
    • Nose
      85 85
      sweet, fruity, raisins, sherry, vanilla, nuts, polished oak plank, dusty old wardrobe
    • Taste
      85 85
      medium sweet, sherry, sugar syrup, vanilla, milk chocolate, ripe cherries, again an oak board, raisins
    • Finish
      84 84
      quite long, sweet, vanilla, chocolate, the tip with a delicate oak and warmth spreading throughout the body.

  4. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    mass-produced everyday goods
    • Nose
      85 85
      sherry, leather; some honey, spice, oak, sweetness, later some milk chocolate
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, mild, sherry, light nut aroma
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sweet, mild, some sherry, medium length

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. autorefill scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

  7. Jolemann scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Oak, sherry, malt
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pleasant like oak, mild, sweet
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium long, a bit hot, first sweet then dry

  8. Will_iam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  10. KuangPo scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    This is a completely flat whisky without any heat. I really wouldn't give it more than 77 points, but ... it's great for drinking in clubs where people go to have fun and achieve a certain state of mind. Some time ago I did an experiment and offered this whisky and a dozen others of the same rank to people who know nothing about whisky - who are ordinary consumers. Everyone, without exception, mentioned this whisky as the best compared to the others because of its flavor, so I think Macallan has done its job.

  11. whiskyfusel scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    My first contact with Macallan. Nice decanter - heavy. Hologram-secured cap.
    Colour: Gold.
    Nose: Reminds me very much of Craigellachie 13 year! Honey. Vanilla. Orange? No smoke nor peat. Nice!
    Palate: Smooth and easy-going. Sweet. Malty. Less impressive than the nose.
    Finish: Nice but rather short.
    Comment: Nice whisky, well made, flawless and enjoyable. Easy introduction to a good whisky. But not much of a character.

  12. tester1277 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty, but nothing special.
    There are nicer ones for less money :)
    • Nose
      A little alcoholic, cool, metallic, wax, citrus
    • Taste
      burns lightly, mildly, sweetly
    • Finish
      dry, gentle and a little bitter

  13. Mittic76 scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    a bit overpriced, but nice dessert, typically young Macallan
    • Nose
      Honey with green apple marzipan and slightly metallic wax candles
    • Taste
      the nose delivers what it promises, not very complex but pleasant
    • Finish
      Sounds like it starts, pleasant, little surprising

  14. Andytka3 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    1513) The Macallan, 12YO, Double Cask (2020)
    • Nose
      N- Oozes of familiar Mac-sherry followed by oriental dried persimmon, walnut, bakery fragrant with chocolate nuances. Soft on nose that evolved well in the glass and get creamier after breath, thought wee heavily lean towards sweet side. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P-Knowing an American oak in this vat, relatable to the honey, maple and subtle spices that binds well under the leathery toffee sherry. Even some black tea with orange wheel comes as a side note. (86/20)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, juicy sour fruits, tart plum with char notes linger. Plenty of sherry on the return with balanced dry mouthfeel. (86/20)

      B/B- 87/21 Feathery light initially, but build up well and get quite creamy as it goes.

      Weighted Rate- 81pt

  15. VanOpek scored this whisky 80 points Expert 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

  16. WhatToDrink scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    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.

  17. rolabob scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  18. 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

  19. Achilles scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

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

  20. 2ndSip scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Interesting profile on the nose and taste, unfortunately with a rather 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
      80 80
      very sweet (honey-sweet & caramel) and fruity. Sherry note comes through well. Raisins, figs and dates as red dark fruits. Behind it a citrus note towards orange. Then some milk chocolate. A very slight alcohol note also remains. When it stands a bit, a slightly cheesy aroma comes through - it's a little strange, I've never had it before ... As if a piece of cheese had fallen into the sherry. But you have to concentrate on it. Later it turns into a sulfur aroma. This "cheese aroma" disappears after about 1 week when the whisky has been able to breathe.
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet, creamy and oily. Some spice builds up. Immediately there is a nut aroma of walnuts, but they seem a bit rancid (that somehow fits the cheese aroma in the first test ...) [Post-test: the walnuts no longer seem "rancid"]. Significantly sweeter, drier and a little honey taste in the second sip. If you smell the rest of the whisky in the glass, the nut aroma is very clear together with the sherry aroma. Delay a little more marzipan.
    • Finish
      73 73
      becoming drier and short to medium-long finish. Oak and sherry aromas remain present along with a very light spice. A slight nuttiness (but this time a general nut aroma with a tendency towards walnut) remains. It's a shame for the relatively simple aftertaste, as more could have come.

  21. P.K.S scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    honny, ekstreme sweet, oak, some weak vanilla first macallan and it's a big disepointment. In my apinion the cask is used to manny times and hope i find a macallan that can show me why they are so big as they are gown. I am glad i only had a smal glass og this, i dont think i ever going to buy it agan

  22. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  23. Max70 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  24. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Part of a mini Macallan tasting on the festival in The Hague. Fair enough it is not that bad. But I do think it is to much middle of the road and too expensive for a 12yo on 40%.
    • Nose
      Fresh, warm fruity nose with both sweet fruits as the more heavy sherried influences. Not to heavy on the sherry, plenty of room for fruitiness. Fairly simple but I had to admit for a 40% a decent nose
    • Taste
      Again I wouldn’t think this is just 40%. It has a thick body and a full and creamy taste. Both sherry and lighter fruit influences. A typical middle of the road whisky.
    • Finish
      Rather short and simple. Maybe this is the part where the lower abv reveals. Not a very spectaculair finish.

  25. 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.

  26. 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!!!

  27. jankes scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

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