Nose: 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.
Palate: Medium-body and quite firm. There are notes of hot pastries and marmalade, sultanas and peels with a developing sweetness from the barley sugar.
Finish: Good length with a solid oaked note.
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Had a bottle on the shelf for a while, as I wasn't really drawn to it on first impression. Decided to go back, pour a neat dram with an open mind, and write about it. After letting it sit, I started getting some light brown sugar and pear skin on the nose underneath the floral and syrup notes. That was quite enjoyable! However, I wasn't too fond of the rough palate. Thankfully, the finish notes of spiced muffins and fruitcake candies washed in and smoothed out the experience. Some have commented on the issues of aftertaste, but all I experienced was reminiscent of sour cherries or cough syrup - be that good or bad to anyone else.
18th December 2014
I have been drinking Macallan 18 and12 for a long time and I am not impressed by the new marketing strategy. How is it possible for a whiskey maker to tell all of its long term customers that they will now change all of their product so they can serve more bottles of a totally different drink. They obviously do not give a hoot about their customers. I for one will not buy another bottle of Macallan until they bring back the product that I want to drink and not the one that they want me to drink .
16th December 2014
Yes, might be slightly overrated but it is still a good and solid one and it all depends on the price. I got my last bottle for $65, which is more than fair. Prices vary enormously from country to country if available at all. But be warned: some might find an aftertaste as described in other reviews. My personal explanation - and I might be wrong - is that european oak is used and not american oak, which has simply a different taste and has an impact on the whiskey. If you can live with that and love the taste: 5 stars, if the aftertaste is too harsh: 3 stars.
13th November 2014
It's good but too expensive for the basic taste. Smooth for a young single malt.
23rd October 2014
this is probably the best scotch I have had! I am very disappointed that this scotch is being discontinued in North America. the balvenie 12 double matured is very close, but still not nearly as good.
25th July 2014
This is my first sherry cask and not at all what I expected. it's good but not exceptional, it's about $95 after tax at my local store. A whiskey trying to be cognac.
15th July 2014
To my US mates, buy buy buy. This is one of the last single malts made in the Highlands that is done right on every level. It's a main stay in my bar and I but at least a bottle a month to ensure it will be here for as long as possible in my private reserves. In my mind, this is the single best scotch in the world.
4th July 2014
Personally I'd go GlenDronach 12 every day over this one.
16th June 2014
Stood the test of time, not sure why they showed as discontinued, it is the best single malt compared with many such as 12 year Glen Morangie (both Sheery and Rum casked- they have fancy name lkee La Santa and Quinta Ruben..:)) which are greta too but no cigar) 12 year Belvanie (Sherri and Rum casked), 15 year Glen Livet, 12 year Dalmore, 17 year Belvani all of these were tasted side by side just to be sure.
There you have it, the best single malt so far. Anyone knows anything better than this pleas post. Just a note, I normally like good tasting Cogniac, Single malt world is new to me..
6th June 2014
Best Tasting Single Malt I ever tasted. (Period).
Starts of with sweet apple with constant sherry notes with dominant oak all around.
Simple breath taking!
1st June 2014
I am used to Peated whisky!This is my second sherry whisky and i am proud of buying this!well the finish with apple is something different for me!i think that this will be my start of exploring sherry whiskies!
29th May 2014
this is my first single I was introduced to as a kid in Aberdeenshire and it is still my favourite from memories to simple but amazing,this is one drink that you can truly appreciate!
13th February 2014
blah blah blah. I'm drunk on this right NOW.
26th January 2014
Agree regarding the Sulfur/Sulphur aftertaste. for the same price or less a Lagavulin is much better value
21st December 2013
The Macallan 12 Year Sherry Oak is one of my favorites. I used to stick to The Balvenie (15yr Single Barrel, Triple Cask 12yr, etc) but decided to give The Macallan a try. I was not disappointed, it's a very nice single malt whisky. I will be buying another bottle of the 12yr Sherry Oak, among others from The Macallan.
5th December 2013
and whisky is called whisky not scotch :-)
2nd December 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.
Macallan 12 Year Old a GREAT SCOT...
1st September 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
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
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
Well, all the bourgeois yahoo reviews apart, I still love this 12 year old MacAllan & that is just all.
1st June 2013
"Sulfur" is actually correct.
28th 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
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
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
Always a pleasure to have a Macallan
8th January 2013
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
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 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
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'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
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
It is the best in class , always been the same "Great"
28th December 2010
Competitor adverse opinion is a shinning star
7th December 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
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
This is a superbly balanced malt. If the above reviewer cannot spell sulphur then how can he hope to taste it!
30th July 2010
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