Interesting fact… The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak whisky spells its name whisky as it originates in Scotland. Had it been produced in America its name would be The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak whiskey, instead of whisky.
The nose is quite crisp and sweet. There are notes of sultanas and fresh apple blossom. There is a defined floral note with a beautiful sherry, calvados emerges with a tropical fruit note and golden syrup. The palate is of medium-body and quite firm. There are notes of hot pastries and marmalade, sultanas and peels with a developing sweetness from the barley sugar. The finish is of good length with a solid oaked note.
Doesnt deserve its global popularity. Unpleasant sulfur notes are prominent. Low scores in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible reflect the poor quality of this product.
30th May 2010
This is a superbly balanced malt. If the above reviewer cannot spell sulphur then how can he hope to taste it!
30th July 2010
Can tell you the Macallan 12 Fine Oak is brilliant, shameful if this one is sulfered but maybe that was just the 2009-2010 bottlings...here's hoping
17th September 2010
It is fantastic in the sherry class. One of the five best. This Macallan deliver the very most to me. /MN in Sweden.
2nd November 2010
Competitor adverse opinion is a shinning star
7th December 2010
It is the best in class , always been the same "Great"
28th December 2010
I hate suphured whiskies (unfortunately I have some), but I really like this one. Maybe there is a very-very little hint, but it's way below the line.
By the way: sulphur in UK, sulfur in US (see wikipedia) :)
7th February 2011
I've not even opened my bottle of 12 y/o Macallan yet, but I wanted to comment on the absolutely superb quality of the packaging used to protect my first order on its journey from Master of Malt's cellars. Having worked in the packaging industry for 38 years, I've never before come across the inflatable sleeve protecting the precious amber nectar. Brilliant! Thank you - with that, and your keen pricing, you've guaranteed my repeat business!
3rd June 2011
In the palate and the finish, there is some late bitterness, which indicates that at least slightly sulphured cask have been used. Not the best sherried malts from Macallan. The Fine Oak 12 yo is considerable better, although less sherried than this one.
3rd March 2012
I so wanted to like this...but...it's just a weak whiskey that becomes watery after a few minutes. It has a decent nose, but more then that...as a malt whiskey it's sub-mediocre,could go even as far as saying it's bad.
23rd August 2012
I got spiced maple sugar for the nose, and a touch of wood on the palate. Overall, I'd say it's light and sweet, with less body than the MoM Speyside Single Malt. Certainly drinkable, but not my first choice.
12th September 2012
I have been drinking ths single malt for 5 years. All those who say it is over rated don't kow much about whiskey or its history or the fine people including celebrities that have it as one of their favourates. I happen to enjoy the likes of Tslisker, Glenlivit, Dalwhinie etc. To new comers, this is it in the world of the blessed waters.
27th December 2012
Always a pleasure to have a Macallan
8th January 2013
I suspect that may of "All those who say it is over rated" DO know about whisky. The fact that celebrities drink this says more about marketing than anything else. It's a perfectly ok whisky (no "e", thanks, since this is Scotland), but it is a shadow of the 90s bottles and too often is slightly sulfured. If you get a bottle that's been open a bit, the sulfur may have blown off and it's then quite palatable. For serious traditional sherry cask, go for Glendronach. If you have vintage bottles, save them so that one day you can show newbies how Mac used to taste.
11th April 2013
I'm new to the single malt scene. I'm finding my palate more suited to non -prated speysiders at this point. I like the sherry nose and finish and have had satisfactory experiences with balvenie 12 doublewood, glenfiddich malt masters edition, and aberlour abunadh. I just tried a dram of the macallan 12 at a local pub and was glad I did not spring for a bottle. It had an odd,off puting element that was diminished with the addition of water, but never quite went away.
8th May 2013
Have enjoyed Highland Scotch (Macallan) for over 20yrs. and all others that I've tried (including those from the isle), in my opinion can not compare to the pure enjoying satisfaction of Macallan. What you get from the sherry cask is what MAKES Macallan what it is. Have enjoyed the 12, 18 and 25yr and can say without a doubt the older the vintage the better. This is one Scotch that I felt was ahead of all others. The satisfaction I get from this is top notch. Others have noted a dis-satisfaction on the Macallan taste in recent times, and I would have to agree. There is something lacking from years before that I can't put a finger on. I can only pray that Macallan is not allowing the best cask to be sent to Asia (China) instead to those who would truly enjoy and appreciate the time and quality that makes Macallan a Scotch when mention, one eyes to get wide with acknowledgment. I for one would be sadden if Macallan allowed it's profits to over rule it's quality. With that I suggest those to try the CASK STRENGHT Macallan if you can still find it! Hears hoping quality out weighs quantity! THREE FINGERS ONE CUBE!
27th May 2013
"Sulfur" is actually correct.
28th May 2013
Well, all the bourgeois yahoo reviews apart, I still love this 12 year old MacAllan & that is just all.
1st June 2013
The second review from the top is a jackass, but this scotch is not. In America, we spell it Sulfur, not sulphur, so take your snobbery elsewhere. There were in fact notes of Sulfur (kind of a burning rotten eggs taste) in the first glass I had (From the bottom of a bottle). But upon giving it a second chance(for free thanks to my favorite barkeep) I was pleasantly surprised. The skunky sulfur notes were replaced with smokey peat notes.
But on to the Scotch. It's not bad. But I was not blown away. It is a fine drink of its own right, but it lacks the flavor complexity, and intensity that merits a higher rating. It is the Terry Redlin of Scotch. A fine artist, but nothing worth raving about.
2nd July 2013
I have been seriously drinking scotch now for about 5 years, so a mere novice. In those 5 short years I have found not one dram to dislike. I have been introduced to several producers, each different, but non did I dislike. Each has it's own qualities and personalities, but as an everyday day drink the 12 year old Macallan to my taste is ideal. Stop being uyoa (up your own arse) and enjoy the bloody stuff.
3rd August 2013
Being a Yank of Scot extraction I have a fondness for all things Caledonian. Like tartans, each whiskey has its distinctive hue and character. To compare them is like comparing women they have their own individual charm. The 12 yo is no different it stands on its own, and is what it is. I like it, and will drink more of it. The negative reviews strike me as blend drinkers. They drink Bass Ale and think it all ale should be the same. Sulfur/Sulphur?? Maybe I am not sophisticated enough to notice, but as a brewer of beer I would notice it. I did not.
13th August 2013
Macallan 12 Year Old a GREAT SCOT...
1st September 2013
I've never understood it's popularity. It's got a tight, bitter aftertaste (or taste even) just about pleasantly offset with some honeyed sweetness. Drinkable, but not my first choice.
2nd December 2013
and whisky is called whisky not scotch :-)