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Macallan 12-year-old

Overall rating
85.92/100
votes
280
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Oak
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry Oak Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Barcode
087236100001
Added on
29 Jan 2010 1:06 am

Average value

€ 82,45

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 12-year-old

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.92 points

  1. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A real 40% increase, all a bit more present and aromatic - very fine sherry malt, who does not like it too powerful, will find here a very elegant classic - beautiful! (The invoked very high price is not worth imho though.)
    • Nose
      Raisins, butter toffee, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, dates, apples, oranges, black cherries, marzipan, thick sherry notes, clover, lilac, jasmine, a touch of smoke, traces of leather, wonderfully soft and round and appetizing, much better than the 40%, very nice nose
    • Taste
      velvety, spicy, orange, dark chocolate, turning into coffee, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, thick caramel, dark honey, vanilla, gingerbread, hazelnuts, raisins, almonds, sweet black cherries, candied apple, some cherry-tobacco, malt, always more vanilla, powdered sugar, vanilla crisp, almond croissants, all flavors fine and in good balance
    • Finish
      medium length, slightly sweet, slightly peppery, fine fruit notes, vanilla, caramel and marzipan

  2. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Certainly not a classic. He's good. Currently but too expensive for the offered.
    • Nose
      A classic Sherry-Malt nose. Datteln. Plum cake. Forest honey. Some leather. A few carnations. Raisins covered with chocolate. Some sourish oak notes.
    • Taste
      First pretty soft and creamy. Toffee. Sugar candy. Honey. Some plum jam. Magenbrot. Raisins. But then, for only 43%, surprising start. As probably makes the oak noticeable. Some pepper. Tobacco.
    • Finish
      Orange peel. Cappuccino. Oak spice.

  3. AlainMalt09 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  4. Jeig scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Sultana, honey, perfume, red fruit.
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily, mouth coating, slight bitterness, oak spice.
    • Finish
      Medium to long finish. Sweet, spiciness, dried fruits, dark chocolate.

  5. mr_braun scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Very tasty, certainly for today's price conditions in Europe covered and not worth 100 euros; However, I still paid for the bottle 69, - Euro and you can not make any mistake.
    • Nose
      Sherry in advance with a slight, leathery oak note, as well as toffee. Dark fruits only come to the fore with a little more time.
    • Taste
      Mouth-filling, creamy-spicy feeling. For his 12 years a very pronounced oak flavor. Length of sherry, tobacco, dark fruits.
    • Finish
      Medium long and paired with oak, very aromatic, maybe a little cocoa.

  6. OKoster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The Macallan Elegancia was a travel retail exclusive released in 2002 and discontinued in 2009. It bears a 12 year age statement and was matured in a combination of ex-fino and ex-Oloroso casks, a deviation from the traditional house style of resting its spirit in strictly ex-Oloroso sherry casks. This single malt bottling was a precursor to the release of Macallan's Fine Oak series in the early-2000s (also aged in ex-Oloroso sherry, but blended with spirit aged in ex-bourbon casks). Fino sherry is a lighter style of this fortified wine than Oloroso, and its casks are not nearly as commonly used in Scotch production as those of Oloroso. Bottled at 40% ABV.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Lorion scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I like it and for 40 € it would be a showcase for good and cheap whiskys.
    • Nose
      Sherry, oak, fruit, sweetie. Everything a whisky from the sherry keg needs. Not very intense and complex, but available. Really delicious. Enjoyable. Fancy a mouthful.
    • Taste
      No surprise. Creamy, soft mouthfeel with all the things the nose promises. Orange, a hint of fig and raisin. Oak, a little more than expected. Full and slightly sparkling. Sweet dessert.
    • Finish
      Medium long, fruity-sweet with a subtle oak.

  8. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Mannheimer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Very nice balance, 43% vol. bring an extra kick and a bit more depth compared to the 40%. Sounds a bit cliché, but you want such a nice malt in the winter in front of the fireplace.
    • Nose
      Elegant sherry with spices (cinnamon), toffee and butterscotch. Seductive caramel sweets, raisins, very balanced. No trace of alcohol, nice aromatic.
    • Taste
      Sweet delicate start, the elegance itself! On the palate develop oranges, apples, ripe pears, sherry and clear milk chocolate. Appearance of wood and citrus in the background.
    • Finish
      Nice long-lasting with many spices, sherry and these crass toffee notes, very warm.

  10. zaphod155 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The whisky takes time to develop. Immediately after opening the bottle he was disappointing for me. Half a year later, I find it delicious and relatively complex for a 12-year-old.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, sherry, honey, neat spicy and nutty notes
    • Taste
      Malt, honey, vanilla, some oak and orange. After a while, coffee flavors still come.
    • Finish
      Medium long, spicy and malty

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