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Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

Great Everyday Scotch

0 784

FReview by @Freedomtoast

20th Apr 2015

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  • Nose
    21
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    20
  • Balance
    21
  • Overall
    84

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This is where I would start anyone new to Scotch. It isn't too expensive, but it has a great amount of flavor and complexity not present in cheaper offerings like Glenfiddich 12.

Nose: very soft. Definitely some ginger, with a strong presence of sherry, vanilla, and a little bit of butter.

Taste: a nice gentle peat flavor. Hints of chocolate, honey, spice and vanilla but mostly a strong presence of red wine.

Finish: not exceedingly long but smooth as far as Scotch goes.

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7 comments

@Jules
Jules commented

High rating for what is to my taste a very by-the-numbers sherried Scotch. If you haven't done so already, try the GlenDronach 12yo 'Original' - similar profile and more bang for your buck than this overpriced Macallan!

5 years ago 0

Freedomtoast commented

I disagree. I think that overall scores on this site are unnecessarily low. I use the 7-good 8-great 9-amazing 100-masterpiece scale. I don't think a 100 should be unattainable, because in the upper echelon of superb whisky, it eventually just comes down to preference. I think the Macallan 12 is great for what it is so I don't feel like an 84 is too high of a score.

5 years ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

I have not bought a Macallan for a couple of years now. I had a badly sulphured 18 that was very expensive and the last 12 I bought had a quite bitter edge in the dried fruit part of the finish. I have to agree with @Jules, the GlenDronach 12 is better whisky and better value. I'd also recommend the BenRiach 12 yr. old sherry matured and the BenRiach 15 yr. old Pedro Jimenez finish as cheaper, better alternatives to the Mac 12. Each to his own though, only you know what you like and we value your input here. Cheers.

5 years ago 0

Freedomtoast commented

I'll definitely have to try the Glendronach 12 and obviously as I experience more whiskies in the sherried scotch category I'm sure my opinion of the macallan will change accordingly. But that's what's so great about whisky, there's something for everyone, and always something new to discover!!

5 years ago 0

Freedomtoast commented

Also, if you want a truly exceptional Sherried Single Malt, try and get your hands on Kavalan's Solist Fino bottling. The nose alone on that scotch is simply out of this world. It's hard to find and unfortunately very expensive stateside due to limited availability, but it really is a beautiful single malt.

5 years ago 0

Freedomtoast commented

*Not a scotch obviously. I'll let you know when I try that Glendronach though!

5 years ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

Yes, I must try to get hold of the Kavalan, it gets excellent reviews. Cheers.

5 years ago 0

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