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Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

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@hunggarReview by @hunggar

13th Feb 2015


Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak
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Ah, Macallan 12 Sherry. I’d wager that this is the most popular whisky here in Taiwan. But I don’t buy it too often. Why? Well, I feel it should be stronger and more affordable. This costs slightly more than most introductory 12 year olds with higher abvs, and I may hold that against them a little bit. But all that aside, it’s still a decent dram. Let’s get to it.

Nose: Classic Macallan sherry. Sweet, dry, spicy, woody, and musty. Chocolate, barley, grass, hay, oak, nutmeg, dates, maple, caramel, and berry jam.

Palate: Light and watery. Chocolate, amaretto, maple, roasted nuts, nutmeg, musty oak, sour milk, tiramisu, and rum balls.

Finish: Woodspice, amaretto, roasted pecans, milk chocolate, dates, leather, oak, molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Short, but pleasant and complex.

Thoughts: Well it’s no heavyweight, but it is rich and balanced. The profile is quite singular; it’s sweet, musty, and a bit charred. The sherry and wood notes suggest quality casks were used. The nose is lovely, but the arrival/development is weak. The finish is interesting, but not as powerful as it could/should be. The quality shines, but it’s handicapped by its 40%. This would be fantastic if they turned up the volume to 46% or higher. As it is, it’s a very pleasant dram, but not substantial enough.

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Victor commented

Well, I haven't had much Macallan 12 Sherry Oak in a very long time, but I went out and bought 2 bottles of it (and was gifted a third) a few months ago after they had announced that it was being discontinuted. Does Taiwan get an exception-to-policy on Mac 12 Sherry Oak discontinuance, as it did for Johnnie Walker Green Label? Local Taiwanese popularity seemed to do the trick for Johnnie Green.

I've found Mac 12 Sherry Oak rather variable batch to batch. Some batches are balanced and very nice, others just taste of sherry and have no balance.

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hunggar commented

@Victor, I haven't heard anything about Mac 12 Sherry being pulled in Taiwan. I assume we'll still have it here, as it is EXTREMELY popular with locals. But it's hard to say what stays and what goes. The economics of whisky escapes me for the most part.

I also hadn't had this in ages. So long in fact that I can't comment on any batch variation. As for this bottle, I find it to have a lovely balance. In fact it's a gorgeous whisky. I often whine about low abv whiskies, and of course most of them would be better at a higher percentage. But I feel that this one in particular would be GREAT if they beefed it up. Such a shame.

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