Macallan 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Fine Oak - Triple Cask Matured
Stated Age
10 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Oak Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
3 Barrel Label
Bottle code
L0489T L2
Added on
16 Jan 2012 5:04 am

Average value

€ 143.38

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan 10-year-old

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.93 points

  1. Falnor scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Sadly a big failure for a name that supposed to be the best. There are not many OB 10 year olds which are less impressive. Still there are also not many flaws, it's just nothing special.
    • Nose
      69 69
      Malty stuff, honey, sugarred nuts, cookies
    • Taste
      71 71
      Grains, Cornflakes, some citrus, flat taste but still sharp alcohol.
    • Finish
      69 69
      Toffee, pencils, oak

  2. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Overall, pretty little Macallan. Already the FO12 is a big step forward.
    • Nose
      Huh, pretty shy ... After a while something floral. Light fruit, some honey and some oak. Hay and some malt.
    • Taste
      Honey again, light fruit, some oak.
    • Finish
      Mitellang, oak, dark chocolate. Again malt and hay.

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 78 points Specialist

    just about the least complex whisky I've tasted

    Body is OK, but the finish is way to bitter
    • Nose
      first sniff after pouring from a new bottle had some sulphoric wood notes, but it faded quickly

      the bourban casks are very prominent, I struggle to find the sherry

      oak, vanilla, soft chocolate, fresh grass
    • Taste
      strong on caramel toffee, a bit watery moth feel, mild pepper, 
    • Finish
      not much development, dry and bitter on oak and malt

  4. SRB scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      71 71
      Almost not present and very distant
    • Taste
      73 73
      What am I drinking here?
    • Finish
      72 72
      Dry, short and spicy.

  5. Gareth74 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Like a plain, functional piece of furniture.

    It is a basic and unassuming dram. Light on its toes, the nose is pleasant and whilst instantly being recognisable as Macallan, it lacks many things that are expected on the palate.

    Strangely though, I find it’s perfunctory nature rather endearing, regardless of its obvious shortcomings. Sometimes you just want a bowl of porridge not a full blown roast. This may be the dram for such yearnings.

    On the nose it's light and perfumed, honeysuckle and lightest vanilla and peach juice mixes with the typical Macallan sherry nose and toasted oak and wood shavings. It is delicate (too delicate?) and signposts the palate quite nicely.

    In the mouth and the line between the nose and the palate is unambiguous. The oak plays a dominant roll, there's sweetness and woody notes but all turned down to a mere hum. Flashes of honey and feint ginger, fruit syrups and distant sherry. There’s a lovely soft and peppery finish to the proceedings, warming and round and soft. It's pleasant to be sure, but lacking a little muscle.

    Up against the basic sherry oak 12 and it’s never going to win first prize, but in its own way, as a mindless workaday dram to take the edge of the day it’s a very passable diversion. The oak character is a welcome change to the Macallan sherry dominated style and it plays well with the sherry influence that is there but you keep feeling that bottling at 40abv is hampering the liquid immensely. Is this stuff clocked in at something nearing 45% it would be transformed. As unlikely as Macallan selling premixed cans of their juice with Coke. A pity. It reminds me greatly of Glenfidich 12 but with more finesse and more complexity.

    Good, enjoyable and serviceable, but not great by any stretch of the imagination but one I’d be happy to have a box of to slowly amble my way through.

  6. Kilo1 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    A very simple straight-through, but gentle malt, which is somewhat similar to the Auchentoshan American Oak.

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  8. rolabob scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. schengel10 scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    A pleasant, neat highland malt!
    [Color] honey;
    • Nose
      mild, fruity (apples), honey, a little vanilla;
    • Taste
      soft fruity onset, sweet, honey, caramel, creamy, nutty, very malty, juicy oranges, young, but no off-flavors;
    • Finish
      short finish; sweet fruity decaying;

  10. Docmacwhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 90 points to the Macallan Fine Oak 10 years old.


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