Macallan 12 Years Sherry Cask

One of THE iconic sherry malts. For years this has been the standard bottling of Macallan throughout the world. Now it has been discontinued in Europe, and prices are skyrocketing.

One of THE iconic sherry malts. For years this has been the standard bottling of Macallan throughout the world. Now it has been discontinued in Europe, and prices are skyrocketing.

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1467
Macallan
Scotland, Speyside
Single Malt Whisky
12 Years
40%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Sherry Casks
Average tasting notes Tasting notes
Calculated from 60 Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Sherry:
Sweet:
Fruit:
Honey:
Vanilla:
Spices:
Peat Smoke:
Alcohol:
Nuts:
Dried Fruit:
Caramel:
Floral:
Orange:
Raisin:
Herbs:
Zitrus:
Herb:
Chocolate:
Leather:
Oil:
Almonds:
Banana:
Pear:
Oak:
Ginger:
Malt:
Plum:
Tobacco:
Tropical Fruit:
Tasting
Sherry:
Sweet:
Nuts:
Spices:
Oil:
Oak:
Fruit:
Honey:
Vanilla:
Raisin:
Herb:
Malt:
Dark Chocolate:
Chili:
Chocolate:
Dried Fruit:
Peat Smoke:
Zitrus:
Barley:
Caramel:
Cherry:
Grapefruit:
Heather:
Leather:
Nutmeg:
Orange:
Plum:
Salt:
Wheat:
Herbs:
Maritime Notes:
Alcohol:
Almonds:
Cinnamon:
Clove:
Finish
Sweet:
Oak:
Sherry:
Fruit:
Malt:
Spices:
Oil:
Nuts:
Vanilla:
Caramel:
Chocolate:
Herb:
Dried Fruit:
Maritime Notes:
Leather:
Peat Smoke:
Raisin:
Salt:
Seaweed:
Tropical Fruit:
Clove:
Dark Chocolate:

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4.2 Rate
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Tasting Notes 60

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20. Mar 2017
04. Dec 2014
23. Dec 2015
Nosing:
Sherry Honey Floral Sweet Spices
Taste:
Sherry Honey Sweet Oak Spices
Finish:
Long and rich
Comment:
18. Nov 2021
Nosing:
Vanilla with a hint of ginger, dried fruits, sherry sweetness and wood smoke
Taste:
Deliciously smooth, rich dried fruits and sherry balanced with wood smoke and spice
Finish:
Sweet toffee and dried fruits, with wood smoke and spice
03. Oct 2018
07. Feb 2016
11. Jun 2017
There are many associations when it comes to Macallan, the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of Single Malts. Natural color and quality sherry casks. Golf clubs and tumblers. Outrageous prices and pioneer of NAS expressions. You get it, I have mixed feelings. Creamy cherry yogurt, chocolaty raisins and mild spices (cloves) compose an elegant but fairly simple nose. On the palate, you get orange marmalade, barley sugar and dried fruits with prominent, zesty wood tannins in the aftertaste. The quality of this 12-year-old classic is still there - but it's diluted and stretched thin.
RATING: 3.7/5.0 ≙ 85 pts
24. May 2017
Nosing: Sherry Vanilla Dried Fruit Leather
Heavy sherry nose. Some vanilla sweetness and lots of mixed dry fruits. It has this weird background note that falls somewhere between leather and tobacco.

Taste:Sherry Oak Spices Caramel
Surprisingly dry arrival, balanced sweetness develops (underlying dark caramel flavour). The oakiness is at the forefront throughout and brings a light spiciness - nutmeg?

Finish: Oak Dried Fruit
Oaky but not overly dry. Medium to long in length. Mixed dried fruits throughout.

Comment:
This is a very heavily sherried offering. You can tell its been in active casks for a while, the oakiness on the palate and finish is about as high as I would like it to be. The nose is good all round, and the palate if full bodied despite the 40%abv. I can see why they didn't bottle it any stronger than this, the oak would have probably gotten out of control. I reckon its really pretty solid, but to my mind its overpriced when there are so many good sherried offerings out there.
25. Jun 2016