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I was ffortunate to receive a bottle of Macallan 12yo sherry cask from my father-in-law for Xmas. Although I gave it a very low rating a couple of years ago, I'm hoping that my palate has matured and I'll be able to appreciate its character the second time around, because I have an entire lovely bottle to drink!
Nose: old, soggy wood and sherry. Slight whiff of chocolate covered cherries after about ten minutes of breathing. The oak is starting to smell more crisp as time goes by.
Taste: thin mouth feel, not as bitter and astringent as I remember it being. Tiny little taste of honey and butterscotch followed by a long, mellow peppery finish.
This simple, easy to drink dram is still not quite my cup of tea, but I definitely got a bum sample last time. I can see where it could be a good way to introduce a newbie to scotch, especially if they're looking for something unpeated and non threatening.