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Macallan 12-year-old

Overall rating 386 votes 81.64

Member rates

1974 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 21
Taste 20
Finish 20
Balance 21

Tastingtags

62 Notes

Whisky-Connaisseur
Expert Senior Whisky-Connaisseur Tasting note
29 May 2017 6:17 pm
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Sweet opening notes of vanilla, toffee and malted barley, followed by dried apricots, nectarines and sultanas. Smooth with a whiff of alcohol in the back, nicely balanced with oak spice, white pepper and a touch of marzipan.

Taste

Initially sweet and fruity on the palate with dried apricots, oranges and subtle raisins. Pleasant notes of vanilla and sherry emerge, before an impressive spiciness of oak, white pepper and ginger takes over. Very warming indeed. Malted barley and creamy honey linger towards the finish.

Finish

The finish shows medium length with a sweet and fruity mix of vanilla, toffee, raisins, and milk chocolate. This is followed by a slightly warming and dry spiciness of oak, ginger and white pepper on the tail.

With water: Fresh on the nose with a few drops of water. There's more fruit coming through with oranges, nectarines, apricots and subtle lemons. Still sweet with vanilla, toffee and malted barley, while the spiciness is noticeably tamed. Again lingering fruity notes on the palate with lemons, oranges, apricots and nectarines. Pleasantly creamy with vanilla, toffee and sultanas, while the warming spiciness is slightly pushed in the background. Smooth and creamy with a medium long finish. Vanilla, raisins and slightly dry oak on the tail. Very savoury!

Comments

A tasty dram! Rich, smooth and nicely balanced with an attractive fruitiness, pleasant sweetness and surprisingly warming spiciness. Good interplay of the American and European oak-derived flavours. What surprises me most is the fact that a drop water or two brings out more of the pleasant fruity flavours, while the good balance of sweet and spicy elements is still present. Another positive 'aha moment' to me.

I thank Sietse Offringa and Beam Suntory Germany for the generous sample!

https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/tasting-notes-english/macallan/

Mario87
Expert Junior Mario87 Review note
03 Feb 2017 8:31 pm
Mario87 gave this whisky 80 points
Weighted Rate
79.9
Nose
79
Initial taste
80
Body
80
Finish
81
Price
82
Presentation
77
livingbythedram
Member Junior livingbythedram Tasting note
27 Dec 2016 7:59 pm
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Marsepein, vanille, licht fruits

Taste

In de smaak vanille, perzik, appel, vleugje marsepein

Finish

Afdronk zacht, lang erg fruitig erg lekker voor een 12 jaar veel diepgang bij elke slok.

Comments

Bij de afdronk prikkelt het achter op de tong dus beetje bitter van smaak. Maar zeker niet vervelend. Hoe langer je hem laat ademen hoe meer tot zijn recht hij komt.

Andytka3
Connoisseur Andytka3 Review note
21 Nov 2016 3:16 am
Andytka3 gave this whisky 81 points

N- Refine, elegantly fragrant notes of floral and fruits, with ginger, light cocoa lingering.

P- Ginger, peach and apricot, along gentle coat of caramel.

F- Medium-long, milky with juicy peach, return of soft spices.

— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

Weighted Rate
85.2
Nose
86
Initial taste
85
Body
85
Finish
85
Price
85
Presentation
85
Jonkers
Expert Senior Jonkers Tasting note
14 Nov 2016 8:00 pm
Jonkers gave this whisky 72 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

De eerste sensatie: "Natte hond". Een andere benaming kan ik niet bedenken. Hetgeen overigens niet betekent dat dit slecht is !
Tonen van vanille en veel eikenhout. Ook kaneel, limoen en zelfs lijm. Een hint van boter komt naar voren.

Taste

In de aanvang zacht en zoetig maar daarna verhardt de smaak zich en wordt bitter en harsig.

Finish

Een vrij korte, erg bittere en harsige afdronk.

Comments

Zeer zeker niet mijn whisky ! De nose is nog het beste deel maar taste en finish laten het danig afweten. Een whisky die - zeker voor Macallan begrippen - onder het gemiddelde ligt. Tegenvaller !

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Eclectic Scotchist
Expert Senior Eclectic Scotchist Review note
29 Aug 2016 8:41 am
Eclectic Scotchist gave this whisky 77 points
Weighted Rate
76.5
Nose
79
Initial taste
77
Body
74
Finish
76
Price
68
Presentation
85
rpvdwel
Expert Senior rpvdwel Review note
15 Aug 2016 11:39 pm
rpvdwel gave this whisky 82 points
Weighted Rate
82.3
Nose
83
Initial taste
82
Body
82
Finish
83
Price
81
Presentation
82
xFabe
Member Senior xFabe Tasting note
30 Jul 2016 8:54 pm
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Weich und süß, kommt sehr gefällig daher, leichte Hefenote, ein paar gelbe Johannisbeeren, ein wenig Vanille und Kokoswasser, fehlt etwas an Antritt, zweite Nase bringt eine Erinnerung an Sherry und ein Karamellbonbon 

Taste

Neben leichter Zitrusfrucht kommt nun auch etwas Würze, weißer Pfeffer ohne scharfe Komponente, etwas wässrig im Mund

Finish

Irgendwie nichtssagend; etwas Eiche die dominiert, dann etwas ungesüßter Bratapfel, thats it --> bleibt nur kurz im Mund

Comments

Dieser Macallan enttäuscht mich sehr. + - 80€ ist der nie im Leben wert. Eher 30-40 und selbst da kenn ich einige Malts, die vielsagender sind. Nase ist noch ganz gut, Geschmack und Abgang absolute Langeweile! 

Georges
Connoisseur Georges Review note
28 Jul 2016 10:58 pm
Georges gave this whisky 79 points
Weighted Rate
79
Nose
80
Initial taste
80
Body
78
Finish
78
Price
78
Presentation
80
Georges
Connoisseur Georges Tasting note
28 Jul 2016 10:28 pm
Georges gave this whisky 79 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Fresh, light, delicate, grassy

Taste

Sweet, sugary, fruity (apples, pears)

Finish

Medium long, sweet, fruity

Comments

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