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 [+]
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.)
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
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
medium long, slightly sweet, slightly peppery, fine fruit notes, the vanilla is becoming more and more dominant
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.
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.
Medium, with espresso after taste, wood tannin, and some nuttiness.
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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