- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Sherry Oak
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- Sherry Oak Casks
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 750 ml
- Added on
- 31 Jul 2015 2:27 pm by Pese
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Whisky Reviews for Macallan 12-year-old
11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.58 points
- Obviously, Macallan actually runs an excellent barrel selection. This "only" 12-year-old whisky can certainly compete with significantly older manufacturers, at least if you like mild sherry cask matured whiskies. Although not cheap, but 90/100 points for a 12-year-old, I do not really forgive often. For me, I have decided to have one of these now always in the house.
- A really nice sherry dominated malt. More does not have to be said.
The first nose is already a seduction. Lots, lots of sherry! In addition to toffee, many dark fruits. Dates coated with chocolate, raisins, honey, the fruit basket is difficult to define, most likely strawberries, blueberries and blackberries but all a bit older, surprisingly for me a slightly musty slightly fermented note, this elegant oak, vanilla, leather, always highlighted with fine sherry sweets
mild, sweet sherry, honey, chocolate, the dark fruits from the nose come back, raisins, a few percent more would stand, some oak, which is increasingly clear, slightly bitter
again slightly fermented fruit, leather, a lot of sherry, subtle oak, coffee, chocolate, almond butter, medium-long.
- The Macallan emits a wonderful sherry aroma with lots of spicy wood notes. In taste and on the finish, the malt is dominated by spicy wood flavors. A delicious sherry whisky, where I found the then paid price of 70 euros for a 12-year-old single malt even at that time very borderline.
An elegant sherry aroma rises from the glass. Dark fruits such as raisins or dates mix with a fruity sweetness. Spicy notes of wood come through the honey-like sweetness, a touch of vanilla makes itself felt. I imagine myself tasting a slight hint of leather and tobacco while the drops, oily and creamy, slowly and cumbersomely run back into the glass after panning.
The first sip of a cool and fine-spicy wood note is noticeable. Then fruity sweetness briefly flashes on, before tart and spicy woody notes dominate the taste. For a long time, the spiciness exudes a chubby warm mouthfeel before the aroma of roasted almonds and nuts becomes noticeable. Again there is a hint of tobacco or a very subtle smoky note, leather flavors are added.
Spicy and subtly bitter, the finish begins with a subtle leather and tobacco flavor. Spicy wood is slightly bitter and gives a long, chubby mouthfeel. Slight heat with a touch of pepper pushes forward. Slowly the finish ends with a fine nut aroma.
- I have to say, the nose is super elegantly balanced for a twelve year old. You can hardly believe that the malt is only 12 years old. The alcohol never stings in the nose or is felt unpleasantly in the mouth. In the mouth there is also an ensemble of flavors. But the oak is always present. But less bitter than aromatic. A really nice whisky. No question, but not for well over € 130 to € 160.
"Natural Color" is on my sample. And this great dark, rich gold really doesn't have to be ashamed. Very nice color. The oily tears slowly pull down their path at the edge of the glass.
A mild, super balanced sherry nose welcomes me the first time I take a look. Orange and vanilla pass behind the elegant sherry. I notice a hint of haggling all the way, very far back. But I also have a nice oak flavor behind the sherry.
A nice mouthfeel. At the beginning a delicate sweetness, perhaps like a fruity blossom honey mixed with a little vanilla extract. Then the fruitiness comes with a little orange, not oversized, only very slightly. And then the spiciness in the mouth announces itself with a subtle peppery. But everything is balanced.
The oak is also present in the finish, but not with the usual bitter note, but with a nice spice paired with a floral note. It's in your mouth longer.
- Very surprised how good this is. Much better than the 12yo at 40% (that was way too watered-down with barely any taste on the palate). My brother lent me his bottle that he got from the US. In Canada these were 40%. I feel shafted!
Good nose with sweet milk and dark chocolate with medium cooked fruit.
Lots of chocolate with berry fruit.
Medium to long. A very good finish! Feels stronger than a 43%, but in a good way!