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Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

Great nose and finish, boring palate

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

8th Nov 2016


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Nose is wonderful, with sweet dark cherry, vanilla, and sherry wine.

The palate is a letdown though. I get a bit of chocolate and raspberry. But it's not that pronounced and the flavors are somewhat weak. It's very smooth and drinkable though. Just, boring. Needs more.

The finish however is fantastic. Long and spicy, with a drying oak. The sweetness stays in your mouth for minutes.

This would be a nice everyday kind of scotch. Smooth and sweet, if kind of boring on the palate. But the nose and finish almost make up for it.

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Alexsweden commented

How is it priced? Value for your dollar?

7 years ago 0

casualtorture commented

Pricing was 350rmb. So around $50USD. Not bad for China.

7 years ago 0

BlueNote commented

The bottle I picked up in Oregon recently was around $60 and was at 43%. Decent, but not as good as the version from 10 years ago.

7 years ago 0

Victor commented

I see a lot of batch variation in Macallan 12 Sherry Oak. At its best, it is pretty wonderful. Sometimes it is monotone, though, and can be dull. Sure, we'd all like to see this amped up 5-10% in ABV.

7 years ago 0

casualtorture commented

Yeah if this was bumped up to say 46% or somewhere around there then it would be great. Then again wouldn't they all be better at cask strength? Lol. But this macallan isn't bad I would consider it again. I have Talisker 10yo arriving soon so we'll see. Talisker is much cheaper so if it's better than this macallan then I'll have an easy choice on a repeat purchase.

7 years ago 0

Victor commented

@casualtorture, at 45.8%, your new Talisker 10 will come close to that 46% ABV mark for which you are looking.

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