Macallan 12-year-old

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

Average value

€ 113,93

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan 12-year-old

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.99 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. 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

  3. 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

  4. 11insomnium scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    One-dimensional and simple at the beginning. A little more aromatic and complex after several minutes.
    • Nose
      Mild and light, a bit spicy, earthy and tart, only light sweetness and fruit
    • Taste
      At first mild fruit, little sweetness, delicate sherry, later fruity and somewhat floral, spicy
    • Finish
      Short and mild

  5. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Elegant. Flower shop, sherry, some honey and vanilla. Marzipan with chocolate. Overall similar, but a little more intense than the 40% version.
    • Taste
      Light. Sherry, honey, almonds, marzipan. Some walnut.

  6. S_S scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    After the first try, the malt failed for me. He is boring. Very fine sherry, almost imperceptible. Absolutely unspectacular and boring. Soft. You can taste the young age.

    After half a year and rehearsal I have to say that I probably expected too much. He is drinkable, does not make much demands. I do not need a bottle.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful sherry malt without big corners and edges. Very nice and easy going. Like with good. But I would not spend more than about 65 euros.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sherry; Fruit notes (dried fruits); a touch of honey; Vanilla; pleasantly light leathery; spicy; slight oak note in the background
    • Taste
      87 87
      lies soft in the mouth; sweet and spicy; Dried fruit; slightly nutty; Hints of leather; Chocolate notes; Oak
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium and the taste continues; spicy; nutty; Dried fruit; Chocolate note; pleasant tart persistent oak

  8. LucasPnk scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Very rich and sustained, lots of fruits, banana, orange, raisins, vanilla, honey
    • Taste
      84 84
      Very / very sweet in the mouth, it is very balanced, dry fruit, leather, hazel .. Not so sweet as that, there is even very slight smoky notes. This continues on the liquorice stick, oak, and sweet spices. It's pretty well done but lacks intensity!
    • Finish
      85 85
      Moderately long. Nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Some touches of vanilla, and cinnamon.

  9. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    In direct comparison to 40% execution, the differences are marginal for me. Really easy.
    But he just remains a great malt, unfortunately a bit overpriced.
    • Nose
      Sweet, dark fruit, plum, honey, caramel
    • Taste
      Sweet, fruit, absolute sherry note
    • Finish
      Medium length, slight oak note, sweetness remains, a trace of vanilla

  10. 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.


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