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

€ 63,36

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan 12-year-old

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.02 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. 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

  4. 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.

  5. matts scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Character: A damn good drinkable, balanced sherry malt. Juicy and dignified at the same time. Worn by an elegant oak, as they are unfortunately less and less today. A damnably drinkable, balanced standard from days gone by.
    Rating: What should I say? My Macallan Amber is just open for the seventh year. This bottling would not have lasted for a year as a bottle for me. Simply harmonious, delicious and just right, if it is to be an unpretentious, classic sherry malt. From me there are connected with a "sigh" 90 points. Oh yes: the sample is empty. Really damn good drinkable.
    • Nose
      Basic flavors: dried fruits, fruits, citrus fruits, vanilla, chocolate, leather, oak
      Description: Immediately the thought flashes through my mind "damn, why is not there any more with Macallan today?". From the first moment, this 12er shows his beautiful sherry profile. He is juicy and dignified at the same time. Raisins, prunes and dried figs meet succulent dark and red currants. In addition there are beautiful creamy vanilla and milk chocolate. In between, cocoa powder and orange peel flash through. With all this, a delicious, set leather note resonates and the elegant oak notes in the background are omnipresent - without any showmanship. A great nose that invites you to a long exploration and makes you want to taste it. Not overly powerful or substance, but somehow just right in their own way.
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: dried fruits, fruits, vanilla, oak, earth, citrus, chocolate, nut
      Description: Almost a bit elegant and surprisingly clear, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. Some vanilla makes for a slight creaminess; but it is less pronounced than thought by the nose. Also in terms of taste there are raisins and prunes: of the juicy kind and somehow also slightly earthy. A beautiful oak tree makes itself wide in the mouth. Without becoming astringent, it ensures a beautiful tart and wooden embedding of the fruits. Together with some milk chocolate and cocoa, this tasty mixture invites you to chew and every now and then a splash of orange is noticeable. In the transition to the finish, it is then always nutty, the juicy basic tone is always maintained. In the overall view, everything is wonderfully coherent. In any case, really nice and varied. The mouthfeel is almost a bit light, although there is really nothing to moan about the intensity. As a consequence, this drop is just damn good drinkable.
    • Finish
      Basic flavors: oak, nut, dried fruits, fruits, chocolate
      Description: The finish is medium in length and a consistent continuation of the taste. Carried by a beautiful tart oak, the 12er sounds nutty and with a juicy raisin / berry mixture - completely lightly coated with delicious milk chocolate.

  6. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    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

  7. 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.

  8. AlainMalt09 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  9. 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.

  10. mr_braun scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.


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