Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Matured in Selected Sherry Oak Casks from Jerez
43.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Bottled for
Duty Free
Added on
10 Aug 2010 8:08 pm

Average value

€ 585.93

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26 × member ratings

111 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan 12-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.75 points

  1. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Slick scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Alright, so, got this on a deal for Christmas for less than 220eur because of severely damaged label.
    Whisky level was in the high shoulder...

    Felt thin on the palate. Short finish, not much complexity on the nose or the palate.

    FineSpirits_butler1 is really precise:
    mouth-filling sips are needed indeed in order to enjoy it.
    Still a Macallan, highly drinkable, got the bottle and had 4 glasses in no time...

  3. Harvey scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Amazing old school Sherry Whisky, no off notes,nothing more to say.

  4. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Mouth-filling sips are recommended in favor of the body.

    Tasting with Armin Fuchs and Wooti.
    • Nose
      Sweetness of raisins with a Speyside-character as first.

      Also some Sherry casks, light milk chocolate (also nut-chocolate) and a caramel-vanilla cream joined by some alcohol. Sweet malt, some grain, musty wood, some cherry (impressions of 'Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte'), hints of Sherry and apricot puree.

      After swinging it around it gets way more round with hints of scouring milk, some wood polish and some tobacco leaves.

      There is also a wooden church bench. Maybe a hint of sulphur, but never disturbing, more like a 'special' note coming out of the wood (if the Whisky has time to rest in the glass undisturbed).
    • Taste
      A little neutral in the beginning (in the direction of highly diluted vinegar with some cherry juice) but getting quite fiery after some seconds.

      Vegetables (Kohlrabi), sweetness arises (sugary), tartness.

      After opening up there comes a whiff of scouring powder, more spices, some cherry and raisins; and hints of raw asparagus.

      Also an old and dry mop, hints of brandy beans and fruit liquor with some vanilla.
    • Finish
      Some Sherry, pleasant with gooseberries, milk chocolate and café latte.

      Later some raisins, wet wood, tartness and something ferrous with currants. Hints of leather-vegetables, light tobacco combined with hints of brandy beans out of a Sherry cask.

  5. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    My first 'young' old(er) Macallan -

    the distillery is clearly recognizable.

    It's somehow youthful, very lively on the tongue.

    Simple but satisfying - 

    with every sip it becomes rounder and richer.

    Tasting without FineSpirits_butler1.
    • Nose
      Dried raisins, plums, also cherries, dried heather flowers, cake sweetness, oranges and honey, pleasant alcohol comes together with woody notes, from time to time strawberry jam!

      Then appears slowly spiciness from the Sherry cask - slightly interwoven with chocolaty aromas; also coffee notes appear.

      After swinging a little bit in the glass it shows itself defiant and some 'grain' opens up, but soon it calms down again ...

      after the first sip:

      cappuccino, hints of spirit, before the spirit comes one can recognize some caramel;

      later also some sourish Minestrone ...
    • Taste
      Round; sweetness (but not 'sweet' at all), creamy, chocolaty, Citrus, cocoa powder, hints of Cognac, some oak, plums (more: the feeling of it), vanilla bean, fruits, spices;

      second sip:

      more cherries, coffee becomes more, more tingly, lemon juice, dark, tart cocoa cake, hints of pepper.
    • Finish
      dark chocolate, dark cherries, lemon, oranges, oak, spiciness of herbs, Cognac, sweetness, some vanilla bean;

      after the second sip:

      rum, coffee ground, dry wood, dried sage leaves, pepper.

  7. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Sonett scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Adding water brings some hay to the nose but be careful. It's easy to ruin it with to much water
    • Nose
      Clear nose of Raisins, Plums and a little wood
    • Taste
      Round and soft, fruits, plums raisins, dates, figs, vanilla and a slightly oaky taste
    • Finish
      Long warm finish with all the tones from the taste


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