Macallan 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Double Cask
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Seasoned American & European Oak
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L0430C L02
Added on
30 May 2018 5:11 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 63.98

17 × in wishlist

134 × member ratings

514 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 12-year-old

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.63 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 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.

  4. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. tester1277 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. VanOpek scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • 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


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2021

Forgot your password?