Macallan 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Oak
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Oak Casks
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
us United States
Added on
29 Jan 2010 1:38 am

Average value

€ 160.00

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan 12-year-old

44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.97 points

  1. Gloin scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The smell is wonderful, soft and yet full, multi-layered and harmonious. Even if the taste is a little less mild, it fits well with the impression, which one has won when smelling. Versatile, interesting and beautiful. The departure, on the other hand, disappoints, as it has a one-sided effect compared to impressions in the nose and mouth.
    Still, a nice whisky and not unjustly a legend among the younger standards.
    • Nose
      It starts with a nice aroma of ... whisky. The impressions are so interwoven that it is difficult at first to define individual ones. Cherry, caramel, earth, slightly sour, orange, semi-dry red wine, all soft and harmonious
    • Taste
      Very light body, almost watery, medium onset, oak, coffee, burnt sugar, spicier than the nose would suggest, dried fruits, raisins, the association of leather, with time the whisky becomes milder and sweeter, from which initially black coffee becomes Milk coffee with sugar and a fine piece of chocolate
    • Finish
      Some oak, very delicate bitterness, half bitter chocolate, distant memory of raisins

  2. Bam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It has its reputation not wrongly. A very fine, well balanced and round sherry whisky.
    • Nose
      A rather heavy, but at the same time elegant sherry scent rises from the glass. Raisins, morello cherries, grape-nut chocolate, grapefruit. Carried by a set oak note.
    • Taste
      Middle start, oily / silky mouthfeel. Raisins, lemons, milk chocolate, red grape juice. Then slowly the oak with dark caramel, and light seasoning.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Raisins, Caramel, Lemon, and Milk Chocolate. A fine oak note pulls the finish a little longer.

  3. 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

  4. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I really liked the nose and the palate
    the malt is challenging and complex
    • Nose
      older oak, sherry, polish, mix of sweet and tart berries, old rubber, minimal leather, sweetness, slightly spicy, slightly raisins becomes stronger, slightly dark malt comes along, plus a note that I cannot name

      from the 1920s: a lot of old wood, a chemical note, light paper, leather, dark waffle, pepper
    • Taste
      oily and full on the palate
      old oak, sherry, raisins, dark berries (tart currants), becomes bitter, workshop comes light, slightly dark caramel
    • Finish
      medium to long
      Sherry, spicy, a bit like oil, chemical note, becomes very tart

  5. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Meaty, savory / umami top notes that mash very well with the spicy, big-bodied Macallan character. Very dark, with plenty of roast aromas and wood spices - I suspect a good dose of European oak. Eating morello cherries dipped in dark chocolate off a polished mahagoni table, something like that. Lovely.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Extremely spicy and dark here as well: espresso, dark chocolate, charcoal, nutmeg, cinnamon, cherry, ripe juicy oranges spiked with cloves... The extra 3 percent ABV (compared to the EU version) really deliver additional flavor. Yes, it's a bit thin, but the spicy oak creates enough of a kick on the palate to make it work. Would it be even better at 46%? Duh.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Chocolate and coffee, soft gingery spiciness, perhaps a faint idea of dried plums or figs. Here the strength strikes me as too low, as it fades out faster than I'd like.

  7. Furosin scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherry, raisins, cherry, plums, honey, caramel, toffee, vanilla, slightly alcoholic, fruity and sour
    • Taste
      85 85
      spicy, somewhat sweet, oak, rather easy start, sherry, raisins, dark chocolate, floral notes, pepper, vanilla, walnuts, alcohol is well integrated
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium length, chocolate, wood notes, slightly bitter, spicy

  8. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Bottled February 2018:

    Macallan is a company that prioritizes their brand image over the quality of their product. It shows. From ugly new bottles to the new bullshit about "matured exclusively in hand-picked sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, Spain for richness and complexity"... Whatever the fuck that means… I've heard the new Macallan 12 (and 18 for that matter) are a distant shadow of the old Macallans of the past and frankly that doesn't surprise me one bit. The one thing I can tell you with certainty is that l won't be purchasing any new distillery bottling from them in the foreseeable future. ⁣

    Uninspiring and just plain average⁣
    • Nose
      Raisins, figs, honey, toffee, mustiness, leather, vanilla. Pretty solid nose⁣
    • Taste
      Mouthfeel is medium-thin. Creamy, spicy note immediately followed by some fruitiness, raisins, orange peel, cloves, oak influence, milk chocolate⁣
    • Finish
      Medium-short length. Dark fruits, milk chocolate, wood spice, and a lingering vanilla note to the very end

  9. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nice whisky to introduce someone to. Chocolate, raisins, nutty flavors. Perfect for cool weather.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. jabguit scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    for my money this one has 90% of the toasted oak sherry character of the 18 yr., but more mouthfeel than the 18 yr. 2019 release


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