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Macallan 12-year-old

Overall rating
84.71/100
votes
930
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Oak
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L0083M L2 07/02
Barcode
5010314017408
Added on
11 Jul 2007 8:44 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 129,44

77 × in wishlist

930 × member ratings

4118 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 12-year-old

132 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.71 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points 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. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • 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

  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. 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

  5. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Really a pleasant surprise, didn't expect anything going into this malt - Lovely sherry notes, with prunes and dates, loads of preserved fruits, fruitiness that associated with sherry casks matured malts, almost feel like you're nosing a rum. Pretty impressive for a standard 12YO.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Watery, that's my first impression. They should have bottled it at 46%. The oak influence is spot on here, not too heavy, and not too light. Very rum-like palate, with that rum sweetness, ginger and honey, slight hint of dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium, with espresso after taste, wood tannin, and some nuttiness.

  6. hans1971 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. MickMatrix scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Vince' scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Falnor scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Just not that much fun. Far better at this selling point. I just don't get it why buying this instead of others.
    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      74 74

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A classic, yes, yes, yada yada. But in all seriousness, I'd rather have the Sienna at 43% than this frustratingly watered-down bottling. There's a lovely sherried malt trapped in there, but honestly: 40% ABV? Just a shame...

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