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.
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.
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.
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.