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Macallan 12-year-old

Overall rating 672 votes 84.77
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 15:04
Barcode
5010314017408
Added on
11 Jul 2007 8:00 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Tastingtags

110 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
02 Aug 2017 1:54 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 85 points

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 ≙ 85 pts   ·ABOVE AVERAGE [+]·

Weighted Rate
84.6
Nose
86
Initial taste
86
Body
83
Finish
84
Price
82
Presentation
86
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
EinSpatzUnterVielen
Expert Senior EinSpatzUnterVielen Tasting note
13 Aug 2017 11:09 pm
EinSpatzUnterVielen gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

zuerst alkoholisch; Kirschen, Orangen, Leder, Pflaumen, Honig, Trauben-Nuss-Vollmilchschokolade, Malz, Äpfel, Marzipanhörnchen, Lebkuchengewürze, Vanille, Apfelbaumwiese in der Blüte, ein Hauch Jasmin, süße Kleeblüten, sehr weich und rund

Taste

wässrig, samtig, fein-süß und fein-würzig, Orangen- und Erdbeermarmelade, Ingwer, heller Wiesen-Honig, Kleeblüten, Schokolade, dunkler werdend, etwas Kaffee, Vanille, Lebkuchen, minimal salzig, Studentenfutter, leicht malzig, Trauben, Süßkirschen, kandierter Apfel, ein Hauch von Cherry-Tabak, immer mehr Vanille, Puderzucker, Vanillekipferl, Mandelhörnchen, alle Aromen sehr fein, hier ist nichts fett oder aufdringlich

Finish

mittellang, leicht süß, leicht pfeffrig, feine Fruchtnoten, die Vanille wird immer dominanter

Comments

Milder Einsteiger-Sherry-Malt, der nichts falsch macht, aber auch keine Ecken und Kanten hat - bisschen weichgespült und wässrig, aber sehr gut ausbalanciert und mit sehr feinen Aromen. Schöner harmonischer "Easy-Going-Malt", leider viiel zu teuer. (Und nix für Genießer, die es intensiv mögen.)

Joe Karacho
Member Senior Joe Karacho Tasting note
16 Dec 2017 8:26 pm
Joe Karacho gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Sofort eleganter Sherry, Kirsche, Marzipan

Taste

Gleichsam der Nase, geschmeidiger Sherry mit dunklen Früchten, leichter Süße und etwas Eiche

Finish

Kurz bis mittellanger Abgang, dunkelfruchtig und eichentrocken

Comments

Ein durchaus feiner und leckerer Sherry-Standard, leider mit 40% für mein Gefühl zu schwach auf der Brust und mittlerweile deutlich überteuert. Trotzdem ein feiner Sherryeinsteiger...

jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
25 Nov 2017 6:13 pm
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 84 points

https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/on-location-macallan-old-new/

  • N: After the two fairly decent NAS expressions, with this 12yo we have a more rounded malt, thicker & sweeter with more sherry influence. more complex cereals and some citrus,…
  • T: Starts a little thin with bitter tannins, but thickens & sweetens over time with the development of some dried fruits. I find this somewhat thin, spirity & grainy, which was the overall consensus on the day.
  • F: Compared to the two NAS, this age expression demonstrates a more clearly defined finish with a gentle aniseed heat.
  • C: Despite some gripes, again, a few marks higher over the Amber. I’m seeing a pattern and it’s not the colour scheme.

Scores a C[+]

Alois
Member Senior Alois Tasting note
17 Nov 2017 5:09 pm
Alois gave this whisky 75 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Blind tasting:

Typical Sherrynose. Flowery, frutiy and sweet.

Taste

Thin, sweet and frutiy...some Oak is also there.

Finish

Medium, dry and...normal

Comments

A good one for chilling drinking. For me to thin and normal.

Alois My Collection
Ra_Di
Expert Junior Ra_Di Review note
12 Nov 2017 6:40 pm
Ra_Di gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.6
Nose
87
Initial taste
87
Body
87
Finish
87
Price
85
Presentation
85
iDea D
Expert Senior iDea D Review note
09 Nov 2017 9:10 pm
iDea D gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
84.2
Nose
89
Initial taste
85
Body
83
Finish
84
Price
79
Presentation
81
Dimitri
Goethe
Expert Senior Goethe Tasting note
06 Nov 2017 1:16 pm
Goethe gave this whisky 80 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Oloroso sherry on the arrival. Honey, vanilla, rasins.

Taste

Oloroso sherry, some fruits, oak, spicy, nuts.

Finish

Short. Toffee, nuts and some oak.

Comments

Not so much going on here concerning the flavour. Quite an odd presentation like the 43% version.

Concerning price/performance ratio: 5/10

Glennie
Expert Senior Glennie Review note
04 Nov 2017 9:12 pm
Glennie gave this whisky 84 points

Nose: Toffee, Vanilla (American Oak? They do use it in Jerez I think), dried fruits. Raisins and figs I think. Relative mildly infused with cinnamon and baking spices. Faint hint of some tobacco.

Taste: Toffee sweetness at first. Some hints of dried fruits. Becomes drier quite fast. Milk chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and some cloves.

Finish: Medium. The spices lingers for a while. Quite dry but pleasantly so. A dark chocolate/mocca bitternes.

Nice whisky, but not blast. Buy only when on offer, otherwise you can find much better value for money. However it is a whisky everyone should try.

Weighted Rate
84.1
Nose
87
Initial taste
85
Body
83
Finish
83
Price
80
Presentation
85
rpvdwel
Expert Senior rpvdwel Review note
06 Sep 2017 8:53 pm
rpvdwel gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
85.6
Nose
86
Initial taste
85
Body
86
Finish
85
Price
85
Presentation
87

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