Review #152. The Macallan 12yr

Review #152 | /r/Scotch Review #57 – The Macallan 12yr

The Schtick: This is an age stated release from The Macallan. It is the original, which means it is sherry matured, rather than oak and finish.

Distiller: The Macallan

Bottler: The Macallan

ABV: 43% ABV

Age: 12 Years

Maturation: Sherry

Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)

Source: Bottle, Purchased

Nose: Thick, fruity sherry. There’s some chocolate, fig and a hint of clove spice. It’s mildly earthy but very sweet. It amazes me how much sherry depth makes it in here in just 12 years and not at Cask Strength.

Taste: Thinner mouth feel but satisfying. Not at all hot, there’s plenty of cocoa, raisins, mild earthiness and a good deal of fig and fresh, red grapes.

Finish: Medium but has a good bit of depth. It’s sweet and not at all bitter. That same earthy, chocolatey sherry sticks around.

Overall: I don’t know how to say it so I’ll be blunt. I love it. I hate that I love it. I wish it was still the inexpensive product of yesteryear but for the price becoming a stretch but to me it’s solid, age stated sherry at a not exorbitant price. I want to revisit Aberlour 12 NCF and see how they compare.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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