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

€ 189.73

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan 12-year-old

157 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.82 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. DGV scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior


  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Macallan OB X 7,1947 onwards 12-30 years + Crabbie 30 year

    Tasted in this order, scores for nose/palate/finish

    12 year 40% sherry oak +/- 2018 - 83/85/83 - 6th
    12 year 43% matured in sherry wood 1990’s - 84/83/82 - 7th
    15 year 1947 80 proof sherry wood Rinaldi - 94/95/93 - clear winner
    15 year 1955 80 proof sherry wood Rinaldi - 92/93/91 - runner up
    18 year 1972 43% sherry cask - 92/92/91 - joint 3rd
    25 year bottled 2011 43% sherry oak - 90/91/92 - 4th
    30 year bottled 2020 43% sherry oak - 92/92/91 - joint 3rd
    30 year Crabbie IB 48.6% Refil oloroso sherry butt - 88/91/89 - 5th

    For some unknown reason to me Macallan still are regarded as possibly the best whisky brand in the world yet in my humble opinion they have produced very little of note in the last 15-20 years.
    Their reputation of the older bottlings is well deserved as it tasted superb and ticked all the boxes of any whisky enthusiast but the more recent stuff is a pale, bland and at times pretty tasteless and bears no resemblance to the old stuff and then you have the premium stuff now like the 30 year that is £5000?
    That sort of price tag is an insult to me and should be for anyone else who knows anything about what a good whisky tastes like,the sample I got cost a bomb but I really wanted it for the h2h.

    Regarding the tasting the new 12 year was pretty much where i thought it would be at around 84 points but the older 12 year i was expecting it to be so much better but alas it wasn’t and bear in mind at auction you can pay over £700 for that one litre bottle.
    The 1947 was a work of art and the best here, the 1955 was not far behind, the 1972, was much better than the last time I had and up a few points as was the 25 year which I have always had a downer on, tasting my last sample it was up 4 points higher and more enjoyable.
    I have to admit the 30 year OB was good but comparing it to a £500 whisky like the Benromach 35 year OB the Benromach is better in taste and obviously value for money.
    Finally the Crabbie surprised me as it was better than expected and not that far behind the 30 year OB bearing in mind it was a refill cask

    I am not a fan of later stuff but the old stuff is excellent and often worthy of high status as this H2H proved,but not always mind I only scored the 1954 OB 80 proof 85 points and that was being generous.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, just a bit insipid , not a great start to a H2H.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The overwhelming thought here is a manufactured nose, with plenty of caramel?
      It reminds me of some sherried blends.
      Light ginger notes are married to orange marmalade of the dark breakfast variety, there is caramel, millionaire shortbread with cream.
    • Taste
      85 85
      This is smooth, absolutely no rough edges but it tastes so false to me and to be honest this is the same sort of profile some blends have, smooth and easy to drink, so I should like it as I like blends, right? :)
      What the nose hinted at is all here and there is quite a lot of spice on top of that.
      The problem I have is that it is pretty boring, the creamy not is quite invasive but the spice not is very good.
    • Finish
      83 83
      It starts to get a little dry and a metallic note appears on the table which is a negative for me..

  10. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Macallan 12 Sherry Oak. Consumed Sep 2018 from a recent bottling. Aroma is oloroso sherry, milk chocolate, almost lactic. Taste is creamy oak, salty booze, slight sherry, lots of oak and booze. Quite good, smooth. Straight down the middle in terms of a sherried whisky - good, and for the price (roughly £55 at the time of drinking) you could do worse ... but also a lot better. 3.4/81

    Macallan 12, 1980s official bottling, 43%. Consumed Jan 2020. Sample from an online shop, so no details of the bottle. Quite murky looking. Very sherried appley nose, faint underripe berries, slight chocolate, some celery building celery. Oak. Plum. Rhubarb. Taste is rounded red apple puree and spirit. Slight chocolate. More sherry than whisky in a dense sort of way. Some nice chocolatey fruit notes. Too much sherry for me and not enough oak or spirit. Almost like the casks weren't emptied properly - interesting to see that this isn't just a recent development! Decent. 3.4


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