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Macallan 12 Year Old fine oak

Sweet, fruity and surprisingly decent

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@jdcookReview by @jdcook

23rd Oct 2009


Macallan 12 Year Old fine oak
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The nose is initially vanilla sweet and gently evolves adding grassiness, fruitiness and burnt toffee notes. Very pleasant.

The taste is light but warm. Fruit - especially citrus, sweet toffee with a hint of wood to keep you interested.

The finish is not terribly long, and is full of toffee and fruit. The party piece though is the wonderful second hit - about 10 seconds after swallowing a wave of gently spiced warmth rolls up your throat to your lips.

I bought this one because I wanted to try out a Macallan, and it was the cheapest available. I wasn't expecting a lot, as it is basically a bottom-of-the range speyside malt (I was kind of mentally picturing it as the Macallan equivalent of the Glenfiddich 12 year old), but I was pleasantly surprised. It's not an A-lister by any means, but if this is the bottom of the range, that bodes well for the rest...

I would heartily recommend it if you want to try a Macallan and are on a budget...

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