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Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

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@TheEnablerReview by @TheEnabler

2nd Jan 2015


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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.

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BlueNote commented

Thanks for the review. I'm not sure about the most recent 12 yr. old sherry oak because it has completely disappeared from the shelves here, and I know nothing about all those multi-thousand dollar fancy-assed Macallans with famous photographers and other irrelevant crap on the labels, but I do know the current batch of core range NAS Macallans are overpriced and, for the most part, suck until perhaps you get up to spending a few hundred on the higher end ones I wouldn't know and probably never will because I am boycotting Macallan for the foreseeable future. Cheers.

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Victor commented

I see you got stuck with a 40% abv bottle. That alone will contribute much to 'thin mouth feel'. The last of the Macallan 12 Sherry Oak around here is still 43% abv.

I had never bought myself a bottle of Mac 12 Sherry Oak until I learned that it was being discontinued. Those I have tasted in the past have varied a good bit, between 1)balanced and nuanced, on the one hand, and 2)nothing to taste but sherry, on the other. The balanced ones I much prefer.

@BlueNote, I completely agree with you that most Macallan has become ridiculously expensive...and I am paying nothing like Canadian prices for it.

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