Macallan 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Oak
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L0083M L2 07/02
Added on
11 Jul 2007 8:44 pm

Average value

€ 178.86

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan 12-year-old

154 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.77 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Super Administrator

    There are many associations when it comes to Macallan, the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of Single Malts. Natural color and quality sherry casks. Golf clubs and tumblers. Outrageous prices and pioneer of NAS expressions. You get it, I have mixed feelings. Creamy cherry yogurt, chocolaty raisins and mild spices (cloves) compose an elegant but fairly simple nose. On the palate, you get orange marmalade, barley sugar and dried fruits with prominent, zesty wood tannins in the aftertaste. The quality of this 12-year-old classic is still there - but it's diluted and stretched thin.

    RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. Thor165 scored this whisky 70 points Member Junior

    Nose: slight fruit notes

    Taste: watery, sweet notes, nothing special

    Finish: very disappointed, short, unspectacular and still watered down.

    This Macallan is not worth his money.

  3. jjkmlss scored this whisky 71 points Expert Junior

    TOTAL TRASH. Will give a 70+ for the sake of good sherry wood from Jerez
    • Nose
      vanilla, plum, unripe cherry, dark choc, damp wood
    • Taste
      damp wood, fungus, dark choc, cherry pie, brown sugar, CHINESE MEDICINE, leather. THIN & bitter
    • Finish
      short with mold and damp wood

  4. sagara-kun scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    It's good, but it lacks complexity.
    Basic sherry.
    Bottle from 2010.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Well-made classic sherry nose.
      Leather, plum, almond, pepper. Blueberry.
      Wooded. It lacks a bit of complexity.
    • Taste
      84 84
      In the mouth it is a little watery.
      Leather, nuts, almonds, raisins, wood, caramel.
      It's soft but effective.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short finish on leather, cocoa, plum.

  5. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet, dark fruit, plum, honey, caramel
    • Taste
      Sweet, fruit, absolute sherry note
    • Finish
      Medium length, slight oak note, sweetness remains, a trace of vanilla

  6. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Milder entry-level sherry malt, which does not do anything wrong, but also has no rough edges - a little soft-washed and watery, but very well balanced and with very fine flavors. Beautiful harmonious "Easy Going Malt", unfortunately too expensive. (And nothing for connoisseurs who like it intensely.)
    • Nose
      first alcoholic; Cherries, oranges, leather, plums, honey, grape and nut milk chocolate, malt, apples, marzipan croissants, gingerbread spices, vanilla, apple tree meadow in bloom, a hint of jasmine, sweet clover, very soft and round
    • Taste
      watery, velvety, fine-sweet and spicy, orange and strawberry jam, ginger, light honey, clover, chocolate, darkening, some coffee, vanilla, gingerbread, minimal salty, trail mix, lightly malted, grapes, sweet cherries, candied apple, a touch of cherry tobacco, more and more vanilla, powdered sugar, vanilla kipper, almonds, all flavors very fine, here is nothing fat or intrusive
    • Finish
      medium long, slightly sweet, slightly peppery, fine fruit notes, the vanilla is becoming more and more dominant

  7. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    - a very good sherry single malt
    - the best 12 year old standard single malt I have
    have been drinking
    - with originally 80 - 90 € already quite high for one
    12 year old whisky, he has a damn good one too
    - current prices well over 100 € only collector's prices,
    uninteresting for the money to drink
    • Nose
      strong intense sweet sherry aromas, honey, some oak, looks very soft
    • Taste
      Soft, delicious sherry directly on the lips, subtle warm soft taste development, very soft body in the mouth, plum, dark fruits, a lot of sherry, very filigree, multi-layered and smooth
    • Finish
      very soft, medium-long finish with a slight spice, mild and harmonious, wood, fruit and leather;
      In the long aftertaste, the sweet sherry taste changes to a dry character, cocoa / cappuccino

  8. dimitrios scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

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

  9. riegerjonas scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Almonds, nuts, stollen, light notes of sherry, not as present as feared, sulphurous
    • Taste
      spicy, sherry, pleasantly dry, full-bodied, comes across as a bit watery, missing notes

  10. Pie3k scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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


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