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The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

(70cl, 40%)

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

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The Macallan 12 Sherry Bottling Note

Released as part of Macallan’s ever-wonderful Sherry Oak range comes this 12 Year Old. It has spent its entire maturation in sherry-seasoned oak casks from Jerez, and is bottled at 40% ABV after its 12 years of ageing. It’s full of all those hallmark dried fruit and marmalade notes we’ve come to know and love from a sherried Macallan.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Crisp and sweet. There are notes of sultanas and fresh apple blossom. There is a defined floral note followed by Sherry hints. 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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Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Reviews

Perfect 12 year old

This is my go-to 12 year old whisky. It is consistently excellent with a wonderful sherried flavour, sweet but not too much so and a long woody aftertaste that lingers. Yes it's around £70, so comparatively expensive to other 12's, but worth it in my opinion. It never lasts long on my shelf.

6th September 2020

Not what it used to be ,poor compared to older bottlings.

I used to drink Macallan 10 sherry and if we could get it 12 sherry wood.It has been probably 10 years since I last purchased Macallan in any form and with what they are charging for it these days its frankly depressing.I recently tried (before lockdown) the recent 12 sherry wood with my friend Leigh from Canada and he used to be a great fan of the 12 bottled at 43 abv.Big disappointment from both of us and we agreed if you want a good sherry hit we would rather buy a Springbank 15 and for considerably less price.I recently spoke to my local whisky retailer and he said Macallan is a shadow of the whisky we had in the 80s and 90s.That is a big malt specialist that told me that.Wake up Macallan and go back to better casks ,that have held sherry for years not just been rinsed.Also up the ABV as £80 for a so so Macallan is taking the mick.Leigh said I can buy nearly 2 better whiskies for what is being asked for what is called a good !!! Macallan these days

26th June 2020

Affordable Class

I'm reviewing the U.S. 43% imported version. From the moment you handle the substantially weighted bottle, remove the quality capsule, extract the well fitting cork and inhale, you are aware of something special. It follows through to the long thick legs sliding down the sides of the glass. Rich, aromatic, unctuous spirit follows that does not disappoint. I suspect this is where the value point is. Slides down like sweet oil! Cost AU$200 but well worth it.

23rd June 2020

its hard to beat it really

one of the great 12 yr olds this... dried fruit, a little spice, sherry everywhere, yet so well balanced and considering the amount of sherry, so smooth as well.
Macallan have always been famed for their wood(sherry prominent) THIS IS WHY
worth more than 5 really, even if its not cheap.... as a sherry forward dram, its hard to beat it really..


18th June 2020

Not a quality replacement for what used to be sold as just Macallan 12.

I used to love the standard Macallan 12, when it had no branding on the oak or the sherry or the number of barrels. Always kept a bottle on the shelf, and occasionally treated myself to the similarly branded Macallan 18. But ever since they started on this path of Fine Oak, Sherry Oak, Double Barrel, etc, I've been trying to find the equivalent of the wonderful old Macallan 12. Unfortunately this is certainly not it, not even close. It lacks the depth, richness, balance and complexity of the old 12 year. To me it tastes like they literally dumped some sherry into a young spirit and bottled it. I was a long time Mac devotee, but their expansion into their monstrous industrial scale distillery, and all this re-branding has diminished their product significantly. I can't help but think old Michael Jackson would be very disappointed in what they've become.

17th June 2020

Wow! Sugar rush!

Well, this is my first taste of a Macallan. I have a bottle of Macallan Rare Cask that I've not yet opened (as it was bought for my birthday) and bought this as a kind of test to see what delights I'm in for. My palate and smell isn't the most honed, and although I have a very sensitive sense of smell, I can rarely pick out the different flavours that get mentioned - I just like what I like. 'Sherry Bomb' is a phrase that's bandied around a lot at the moment if you watch any whisky videos on Youtube, with dried fruits and raisins cropping up a lot with sherry-casked whiskies. Well, with this Macallan even I can smell the fruits, the nose doesn't so much fill the glass as whack you round the face with a bunch of grapes, it's almost too much (but not). the nose is actually more potent than the palate for me and makes for a whiskey that defies it's 12 years of age. Never had anything like it. I tried it alongside a Glenlivet 18 - just for random comparison - and The Glenlivet 18 is quite bland next to the Macallan (For 'bland' read 'more subtle'). I feel I need to drink a lot more to really form a true opinion, but for the moment it's delicious and a world away from my other Speyside whiskies (not better or worse, just different). Is it worth twice the price of many other 12-year-olds? Yes. Yes, it is...if you like this sort of thing. It is VERY sweet on the nose, more like an actual sherry than a whisky. It's still strong on the tongue, but far less sherry and more like you'd expect from a good whisky, and very smooth. Is it worth £70? Depends on your taste I'd say. I think it's too expensive myself and will try the Double Cask next...

28th May 2020

It's ok

I have always thought Macallan survives more on it's legend and hype than the true nature of it's product, that's why they can charge the prices they do. That's not to say this isn't a fine scotch (it is) but it's not what i personally want out of a whisky that uses 'sherry cask' as it's selling point, so if it's your thing, enjoy, but it's likely to be a while before i pay this amount for another bottle.

18th May 2020

The girl you always loved in high school but never had the guts to tell

After a break in the sherry cask whisky's in Australia, it's nice to see this 12 YO offering back. Lovely spiced fruity notes on the nose from those Oloroso casks - that medium dry construct. But there are still malty & peaty characters with great appeal. Beautiful brassy/bronze colour. The palate is sweet, spicy, lively, long & soft. It's like drinking a lovely old Barolo or Rioja.... just plain sexy

29th November 2019

Good, interesting dram

Picked this up for about 35% cheaper than the listed price (thank you Taiwan). Only tried a non age statement macallan before, this is the first I tried with one and I like it. I don't think the Sherry flavor is super strong, but is detctable. What I really like about this is the spiciness, like an oak spiciness, on the palate that lingers in the after taste. It gives it a different dimension and makes it pretty tasty. For the price is paid I feel fine, for the price listed here however I would have to say that it's just too much, and that there is better on the market for such a price. Overall though a nice whisky.

22nd October 2019

Generally alright.

This is a fairly nice one. On the nose you can pick up the sherry. As you sip its quite hot, and you get a little burn, soon fades and you get a loverly sweet aftertaste. It is very sweet I'm finding. It's a nice one but I do feel it's overpriced. If this was cheaper I would give better stars but for value I can't help but feel there's better out there.

11th October 2019


Smooth easy drinking at a reasonable price

3rd October 2019

Baseline Go To Scotch

There’s nothing better than having a bottle of Macallan waiting for you when you get home from a hard day’s work.

14th July 2019


Simply too sweet. It overpowers everything. Not dissimilar to syrup,'o' figs laxative. I find it hard to believe it hasn't had corn syrup dropped in it. Not for me though my wife loves it.

3rd July 2019

No longer worth the price

Very sherry and sweet, honey, spicy oak, floral. Some people get a sort of synthetic or rubber taste from this which I can definitely see. It does have a sort of different taste compared to other single malts that make it unique. As far as the scotch itself goes the quality is great and the taste is good. No color added is a bonus. I’d give it an 85/100. However it loses points and my future business for the recent price increases which have made it unreasonable. I’ve seen 10-15 dollars price increases depending on where I shop within the last few months and there are too many other great options in that price range. So once again in typical macallan fashion they take a good product at a decent price and increase it to an unreasonable level for what it is.

14th April 2019

Unfortunately overpriced

Some days I taste this and I think it’s amazing, some days it kind of tastes synthetic almost. I can tell that it is a quality scotch, there’s no question about it. They honey and sherry shine in this one and nothing tastes similar to it. Sad that recent price increases have moved it up into a league of better drams for the price. Macallan is quality, it is good, it is overpriced.

4th April 2019

Must Have and excelent to drink

Must to have Really enjoyable, but for someone starting out drinking there are better sherry aged scotches at the price point. Saw it today at Cosco for 54.99 and thought I would revisit it. Same opinion as before. Especially if you are on a tight budget, the corporate name/branding/marketing etc really pump the price on this relative to other 12 year old ones

10th March 2019


Having turned my back on Scotch several decades ago, mostly due the low availability of decent brands here, I decided to re-acquaint myself with the spirit. The Double Cask was recommended by a friend who writes wine and whisky revoews for a local magazine. I managed to find it at our small store and opened it with some trepidation. I was blown away with the rich smoothness of it. I may put my Bourbons on the back shelf.

6th March 2019


Good, but feel it should be better somehow?
Could be smoother, more full flavoured.
I prefer the triple wood expression as I drank both bottles side by side over the course of several months. Both got better as time went by but the triple wood more so.
Would I buy either again? If on offer yes I would.
Both are a great product.

17th February 2019


I enjoyed it very much. Will recommend to all. There was one issue I have is that I can not access your website in the United States

8th February 2019

What’s changed?

The 12 Seems to come in two different bottles and different prices. One, the original is in a plain bottle selling for less and significantly smoother. What changed with the new bottle and black box?? Both are 41% alc.

22nd December 2018

Macallan 12

I don't know.. for the price this dissapoint, I think it was a little waterish.
Good taste of sherry, dried fruit, sweet and a little spicy and taste of oak on the finish.
This review is based on a 3cl sample.

4th December 2018

A little oaky on the finish

Toffe, dried fruit, and a malty sweetness on the nose.

Citrus with a fruity background on the palate.

Finishes with a sherry oaky sweetness with some spice

16th September 2018


Great, sweet

11th September 2018

A fine scotch

A very nice whisky, beautiful color, fruit and sherry flavors, a deep and rich pallet...
to continue.

29th August 2018

Easy to drink, a good place to start.

Smooth with a nice sweetness, warming but not a burn. Great for new comers.
I am a whisky noob.

12th July 2018

I like sherry aged scotch.

I would be very happy if this was the only 12 year that I could drink for the rest of My life!

22nd May 2018

Nice Dram, too much sherry

Summary sums it up, smooth smooth smooth and rich, beautiful color, a bit too sweet from a bit too much sherry but pleasant, honeycomb, toffee, vanilla, and sherry flavor

8th April 2018

Not tasting like a 12 year old

It is rich in flavour, dense on the palate, creamy texture and exceedingly long finish! Worth every penny I paid!

7th March 2018

Good Scotch

The nose on this scotch is like sniffing a band aid with hints of sulfur. However, the palate is deep, rich, and viscous. It is good and I enjoy it, but Dalmore 12 is better in my opinion.

1st March 2018

Macallan is a damn fine scotch, even with the inflated price tag.

There are better values out there, but Macallan brings $100 quality at $60 a bottle. It is like drinking lightly smoked butterscotch, with a side of the best fruits wrapped up in a quality oak finish. The nose and taste linger with you long after the glass is empty. The 86 proof gives it a nice kick without being overbearing or causing a light hangover like the Glenmorangie line (which are still very good, but are lower quality alcohol). At $50 a bottle, it would be either the best or second best value in the market, so I don’t get that worked up over the extra $10 in price though MoM’s $81 + shipping is prohibitive. I have a soft spot for the Glenlivet line since my palate loves excellent champagne and pears (especially the 15 and 21, though the 12 is consistently underrated and is the best value overall), but Macallan is a close second as a brand. Every Macallan I’ve had provided the same remarkable consistency and character, with complexity and intensity increasing with the age. One whiff just screams Macallan when the cork pops and the amber settles, at least with the sherry oaks. I haven’t made it past the excellent 18 yet, but I definitely look forward to the day when I can give the 25 and 30 a go. Regardless, the 12 will always have a place on my shelf.

In my experience, Macallan even wins over the curmudgeonly peat lovers through its complexity. Thankfully, Macallan doesn’t veer into that overly complex realm of burnt tires, salty fish, and cough medicine like the Islay peat bombs. Every once in a while, I enjoy a Lagavulin or a Laphroaig, but I wouldn’t even consider either as a regular dram. Macallan earns that nod with distinction. Cheers.

27th February 2018

Great but you can do better for the price

Really enjoyable, but for someone starting out drinking there are better sherry aged scotches at the price point. Saw it today at Cosco for 54.99 and thought I would revisit it. Same opinion as before. Especially if you are on a tight budget, the corporate name/branding/marketing etc really pump the price on this relative to other 12 yos.

19th January 2018


Beautiful and smooth,I am a big fan of Macallan but I have to admit that for the price there are malts out there which are better value for money......Glenmarangie Quinta Ruban at around 40 pounds, Glenfiddich 18,and if you are lucky The Glenlivet 18 can be be purchased for around the 60 pounds mark.......better malts

9th December 2017

interesting stuff

Interesting to say the least. This is a sherry whisky but there is an unusual peat taste to it as well. Frsit the peat hit you, though it's not the most powerful, the the sherry creeps up from the back of the mouth and removies the peat taste. that said, i have had better.

6th November 2017

Very good but for me there are other less expensive and better options in my opinion.

For me, the eternal beginner, because I feel what I feel without knowing or distinguishing the flavours. But one thing I know, what is good for me. I feel this is a quality malt whisky, sophisticated and refined. reminds me somehow glengoyne 21 as happened with the Macallan 12 Fine Oak that reminds me the glengoyne 12. This Macallan 12 Sherry Cask is sweet, complex, medium to long finish with reminiscence of bourbon, good malt flavour. And also is too expensive for me. I still prefer Glengoyne, for my taste has open flavours while refined and sophisticated too and less expensive.

26th September 2017

Great Scotch 5*

After trying the 1841 replica which I love very much.( Which is in a class by itself ) Nonetheless this is a close second with only a slight varence in the flavor . As for the price it can be found at lower prices if you look but it's a great Scotch pairs well a variety of cigars and I will look forward to trying the other Macallan's and aged varieties.
Give it a try you'll love it !!!

31st August 2017


I know Macallan has a hardcore following, and it was due to the many reviews I've read when folks have raved about it that made me try a bottle, but I didn't find it any better than any other similar Scotch in the same price bracket, in fact there's many better for the price and much cheaper IMHO. I was slightly underwhelmed and found it overrated. I hoped there would be a little more 'sherryness' in it for one thing, and don't get me wrong it's adequate, but I look for more than 'adequate' when I pay this amount per bottle.

23rd June 2017

Atleast bring your Macallan 12 back in line in the low forty dollar range for us old Highlanders.

Being of Scottish decent, playing the Great Highland Bagpipes, this finest of single malt whisky once filled my flask and my evenings after dinner. Sad to say, the Macallan 12 is history. It has become too pricey. Once it could be purchased for around $42.00; a fair price. Now, at $72.00 a bottle, not comparing tradition, it is way beyond my price range. There are many other alternative single malts available still today for $42.00 that can closely fill my flask.

10th June 2017

Good at first, even better over time.

This whiskey is something that just gets better and better. One of the first that I started drinking, and I must say it is a timeless classic.

2nd March 2017

Stands the test of time. A tastey stalwart.

I was in Scottland 2 years ago. Was told that Macallan was no longer distilling their 12 year old sherry oak and when the existing stock ran out that would be it. Don't know if what I was told is true or not. But, upon returning home, I purchased a case. At $36.99 a bottle, I thought it was a steal. Judging by today's price, I guess I was right. Love it. Nice silky feel in the mouth. Pronounced sweet sherry taste. Subtle hint of heather. Goes down smooth. Enjoy it, like all my single malts, neat. No ice. No water. Sadly, as much as I love it, can't justify paying the new price. I have three bottles left. Will gift them to my three sons on their 21st birthdays.

9th February 2017


I rather drink my own Pee. It's disgustingly awful and it wouldn't even be fit for washing my ass with it.

8th February 2017

This outstanding single malt scotch is underrated !

Wonderful single malt scotch. Clean, full, and uncomplicated.

27th January 2017


There's not a single first fill sherry cask in this stuff.

26th January 2017

Love Macallan

Definitely a classic. This is an awesome sherry malt.... oh so smooth !!

26th January 2017

A classic

If you want to try some classic single malts this one would never let you down.

7th January 2017

Alberto Viloria

Simplemente EXCELENTE.

5th January 2017


Don't get me wrong, its a great whisky. I finished my bottle in 3 days. For the price point a bit overrated. Drinking back to drinking black bush(which matures in sherry casks) for 1/3 of price.

13th December 2016

A lovely treat

This is my favorite Speyside. Bar none. The sherry really colors the whisky on my palate - perhaps a bit too much. But still lovely!

16th November 2016

Old reliable

Talisker in winter, otherwise M12 the go-to after dinner.

31st October 2016

Good but a tad pricey

I generally stay away from Mac's because they're a little on the pricy side, but I bit the bullet on this one after reading some good reviews. Undoubtedly the sherry comes through (which I like), and I found that theres something a little different in there (compared to others of the same ilk), that I cant quite put my finger on yet, which i'll enjoy trying to get. it's undoubtedly a quality product, but i wont be rushing to buy another at the price quoted here when theres so many others of a similar quality that give better value for less moolah.

6th October 2016

My fav sherry malt

This is my favourite spirit. The sherry note is inviting as well as pleasurable. I have approx 10-20 different spirit opened at a given time. However, this Macallan is my daily dram.

25th September 2016

Best value award

I love this Speyside, and I'm quite particular. Excellent flavor, well balanced, great warmth, and very smooth. Can't believe it's under $100. This will always be in my cabinet.

10th September 2016


I just bought a pint of Macallan 12 for the first time and all I can say is wow! (Along with a string of expletives used in the most positive sense) This is hands down the best Speyside single malt I've ever tasted, and amongst the best in general, though tend to be partial to Islay single malts. I'm going to have one more wee dram, then set the rest of the pint aside with my collection.

13th August 2016


100% the best scotch I have ever had. I've tasted a few including multiple different kinds of Johnny Walker which were all just god awful and left a terrible smokey taste in my mouth afterwards and glenfiddich which was pretty good. A little watered down I felt like. This was by far the best. I wouldn't change anything about it. Incredible.

10th August 2016

Sweet spot

For the price I find it spot on when I indulge in single malt. Tasty and stout

24th June 2016

Amazing for 12 Years, but Price...

This is a wonderful 12 year old- probably the best I've had. But Macallan is seriously overpriced. The absolute cheapest I've found it is $51.99. Just can't compete price wise with others in this age range. But, then again, it's certainly one of the best.

13th June 2016

Fresh off a binge

Lately I have been spoiling myself and drinking nothing but Yamazaki 12 and my personal favorite the 18 year along with some Hibiki 21 year. I can't say I personally like this better but for the price

28th May 2016

Smooth speyside

A hint of "medicinal" nose similar to Laphroaig. Full oaky palate with a bit of sweetness. Not overly dry. Lingering finish that's pleasant.

21st May 2016


This is the first Scotch I have ever liked.

7th May 2016

The finest

Absolutely the finest Scotch Whisky, I've ever tasted, a friend shared a drink with me the other day and now I'm sold, just picked up a bottle today. It is by far, the very best.

25th March 2016

Best Single Malt Price Point

Hands down cleanest, best for $ single malt scotch on the planet presently. Am a former Johnnie Black on ice guy, now it's mac12 neat!

18th March 2016

Goodbye Green Label

This is my new favorite single malt. Since green label nowadays is very rare and only available in Taiwan, I believe, Macallan should be able to replace it in a heartbeat. Smooth, sweet, and bold.

5th March 2016

Strong Sherry and sweet

Excellent sherry, Balanced and simple taste, sweet honey, long finish.

29th February 2016

Would be great but....

I like this whiskey. The description is pretty accurate, but what it doesn't mention is the sulfur. Initially rather smooth but full, a touch of sweetness, almost fruitiness, to it. A solid oak finish, I really want to love this Scotch, I do.

The ultimate downfall is the sulfur. It's just a touch too much for my liking, to the point that it kills what would otherwise be a fantastic array of flavors. My nose isn't the best, so the sulfur isn't too much of a problem there, but it kills the taste. Good, but losing that would make it much better. I'll finish the bottle, sure, but I'm not overly impressed.

18th February 2016

Smooth dram but...

...too pricey. Mac12 saw a 15% price increase over past couple months where I'm from.

14th February 2016

My Favorite

Macallan 18 is US$230. To $235. And can buy the 12 at Total Wine in Phoenix for US$42.00. I would buy and drink the 12 even if the prices were reversed. I'm one of those heathens that can't pick up the many smells and tastes but I'm working on that and even without them, I really enjoy a taste of this Whiskey. Also really like the Sienna but have to pay close to $200.00 for 750 ml in Canada so the 12 wins.

5th February 2016

Very nice

Just like it says above, crisp and sweet and not too complex as I'm sure the older ones would be. Notes of salt and bitterness but followed by a sweet note after about 2-3 minutes into the drink. Floral notes pop out and flavor is very nice. Not heavy like the Scotch's from Islay of course. The sherry casks greatly add to the characteristics of the flavor. Only picked up a little 50mL and when the time comes to buy the 750mL I will not hesitate. Can't wait to enjoy this again. PS, this is coming from a 21 year old who truly enjoys this. My first but not last Macallan!

18th January 2016

Macallan 12 Sherry Cask

Definitely one of the finest single malts available. The sherry notes complement the warm earthy tones of the full body Macallan and are stronger than other sherry cask malts I've tasted. Excellent nose, taste, and finish.

15th January 2016

Supurb aroma.

It's like that you are smells something different which rewards you with full satisfaction.

12th January 2016


Ultra sulfured upon opening, had to set aside for a while. Few months after opening and came back and it was pretty decent. I doubt I would ever buy another bottle however. So many other great options for the same or less.

To compare, my other open bottles at the moment are Yamazaki 12, Aberlour 16, glenlivet 15, Elijah craig 12yr bourbon and my trusty friend Jameson. I'd buy all of these again before another macallan 12

31st December 2015

Still Terrific, but seriously overpriced.

Macallan's parent company is, frankly, out of control, but the Mac 12, while it lasts, is still one of the two best 12 year sherry matured single-malts you can buy (GlenDronach being the other), especially here in the US where we get the 43% ABV version). Fabulous nose, with hints of vanilla and ripe red berries and just a touch of cinnamon with maple syrup. Leads into a terrific body and more of that great sherry. The finish doesn't last long enough, but whats there is wonderful vanilla with just a distant hint of caramelized sugar. Yes, it's overpriced, but that is a result of supply and demand; Edrington can get away with this on the age statement stuff because it's still great (a testament to the people who work at the actual distillery; they obviously are working very hard to turn out a product this excellent at the massive volumes they are working at - no small feat).

30th December 2015

Best whiskey

One of best whiskey I've ever taste....I love the smoothness of it. I think it's safe to say this is my drink of choice from now on.


23rd December 2015

Very Nice!

One the better scotches I've tried. Very smooth with some spice, hints of oak and honey. Other reviews share experiences of a sulfur odor; being a Pharmacist, I can assure you, in all the bottles of Mac -12 I have imbibed, there was never any such smell. It is my daily sipper!

4th December 2015


I had a double pour of Mac' 12 yesterday at Blue Ginger in Wellesly Mass. It would be an understatement to say it was fabulous! It's all it should be!!

22nd November 2015


Would not buy it again. Glad I tried it. My mind may change as I work through the bottle but the sulfur smell is really off putting for me. My wife did not mind it though.
One of the things I like about discovering Scottish whiskies is that they seem to try to be unique. Whereas here in Tennessee, they are all trying to be the same. It took me over half a bottle of Talisker 10 before I started to appreciate its "unique" flavor. Still won't buy another bottle.

19th November 2015

oh yamazaki 18

Boy oh boy. Yamazaki 18 is hard to get in US. I've got 3 left. If you try this, wow! Mcallan 25 don't stand up. Anyone agree?

7th November 2015

Back in town

Je croyais que ce whisky était supprimé et effectivement je ne le voyais plus sur les étagères de mes fournisseurs depuis fort cette semaine je découvre quelques flacons. Je n'ai pu résister à la tentation et malgré le prix de 89euros j'en ai pris 2. Je ne sais si c'est une queue de stock réapparaissant avant extinction totale et définitive ou si Macallan a relancé sa commercialisation,mais voilà je viens d'en ouvrir une et ben c'est toujours aussi bon et gourmand,c'est vraiment dommage que des whiskies emblématiques disparaissent.

30th October 2015

Good, but...

Compared to the 10 years old this one does not deliver up to expectations... the 10 year old is much more balanced.

20th October 2015

I like it

My first entcounter with MacAllan. It is a nice sherried whisky where you can tell that quality casks have been used. Not THAT complex but very enjoyable and educational. Medium length finish. I recommend it.

3rd September 2015

Expensive and overpriced? maybe, but it is sure solid and dependable

I bought this for $60 CAD (brought it from the US)
For that price I feel its a good product, I've tried many scotches and I can say If you want something that is rich, creamy, and with some sherry notes this is what you need. Its not overly complex, its creamy and sweet. I'd have to say I prefer this to the glendronach 12, Mac 12 has more body and richness. But if you like something more fruity, go for the glendronach 12

Overall this is an excellent product, too bad they don't sell it in Canada anymore, I'd give it a 5 but its overpriced.

17th August 2015

Can't believe I didn't try this sooner

I think I avoided this one because it's just so popular. But I bought a 50ml bottle from the local liquor store and it was SO good. Even this small sample bottle comes in a nice box and a glass bottle, and honestly is one of the best drams I've had to date. Super smooth, the oak really comes through, and just the right amount of sherry. One of the few where I feel that the nose, mouth and finish are all relatively consistent. I'll be replacing my glenlivet 12 with this as my daily dram ;-)

8th July 2015

Honey taste

spicy, little oaky but smooth honey taste stays in mouth

6th July 2015

One of the best out there

I continue to buy this whisky. It's sweet, holds well on the palate, and is full of flavour. I cannot understand a negative review - one of my favourite whiskies having been a fan for many won't disappoint.

4th July 2015


not sure about the "sulfur" being mentioned in some of these reviews and was reluctant to try it. I found it to be actually one of the best. I will always have a bottle of this around and I will not let reviews deter me in the future. This is a fine whisky. Maybe the competitors put up false reviews? It's honestly that good. I simply don't believe the negative comments.

27th June 2015

great 12yr

strong sherry taste with a hint of sweetness. this scotch and glenmorainge lasanta are very similar. in my opinion just a notch below yamazaki 12yr

21st June 2015


I have tried many different brands but this one is really OMG. Love it!

8th May 2015


The trouble is people with little experience of malt don't know how to taste ! they don't know how get the best out of whisky and then leave unjustifiable, poor reviews.

27th March 2015


just got a bottle for $70 in GA, 1st Macallan - and it's REALLY good. I'm probably going back to get another bottle before I'm 1/2 done w/this one. new-ish to whisky, but this one is superb

14th February 2015

Sulphur bomb

Bought a bottle of this here in Fukuoka, Japan for 4500 Yen and couldn't believe the amount of sulphur on the nose. Really put me off the whisky. It's unfortunate, because on the palate it was quite nice and I'll certainly finish the bottle. But it will be the last one I buy. For 5200 Yen I can buy a Glenfarclas 15, or for 6300 Yen I can get a Glendronach 15. Both of these whiskies are far superior in my opinion. I think Macallan are kidding themselves. You can only ride on a reputation for so long before people wake up. Very disappointed. On the bright side, whisky is relatively cheap in Japan.

13th February 2015

Well well well...

It's a nice tipple but the price is going up and up. Personally I've been charmed by the GlenDronach single casks. Big beautiful sherry bombs

6th February 2015

Worst of the 4 single malts I purchased

Sour vinegar. For a sherry cask there is not much sweetness. It smells like a household cleaner and the finish is bitter and sulfurous. It's gonna be a long time before I try another Macallan product unless it's free. I don't even know how I'm going to get through this bottle.

6th February 2015

One of the Ones...

I can't say that Macallan 12yr is the best because I don't know it yet. There are many more single malts yet to try but I can say from the many I have already tried, I like the Macallan 12yr too much and in my opinion, it is wonderful from start to finish! If the finish is not smooth enough for you, drink water and save the great whiskey for me!

26th December 2014

The Best

I have tried many different brands and types of Scotch. Macallan 12yr is the best.

23rd December 2014

Gave it Another Try...

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

good solid whiskey

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 ok, nothing great

It's good but too expensive for the basic taste. Smooth for a young single malt.

23rd October 2014

Why is this discontinued!?

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

Solid three

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

They still sell this in the US and I'm hoarding it

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

Expected big things, but I was disappointed

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 EVER

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)

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

Simply amazing

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

A gentleman's whiskey.

blah blah blah. I'm drunk on this right NOW.

26th January 2014

Over rated

Agree regarding the Sulfur/Sulphur aftertaste. for the same price or less a Lagavulin is much better value

21st December 2013

Very Good

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

ps I'm Scottish

and whisky is called whisky not scotch :-)

2nd December 2013

Leaves me cold

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


Macallan 12 Year Old a GREAT SCOT...

1st September 2013

it is single malt

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

Scotch snobs

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

Sulphur and Sulfur are regional differences....

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

Keith William MacHendry

Well, all the bourgeois yahoo reviews apart, I still love this 12 year old MacAllan & that is just all.

1st June 2013

To the "A Classic from Speyside" poster

"Sulfur" is actually correct.

28th May 2013

Mike M. Macallan 12 Year Old USA

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

Inconsistent and declining

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

Great one

Always a pleasure to have a Macallan

8th January 2013

Macallan 12

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

Not bad, not great

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

Overrated and a huge disappointment

I so wanted to like's just a weak whiskey that becomes watery after a few minutes. It has a decent nose, but more then a malt whiskey it's sub-mediocre,could go even as far as saying it's bad.

23rd August 2012

Okay, but...

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

Never mind the Macallan ...

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

A good sherried drum

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) :)
From Hungary

7th February 2011

Been my favroite for years

It is the best in class , always been the same "Great"

28th December 2010

Zoo Keeper

Competitor adverse opinion is a shinning star

7th December 2010

To follow me for many years on

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

Don't know about this one....

Can tell you the Macallan 12 Fine Oak is brilliant, shameful if this one is sulfered but maybe that was just the 2009-2010's hoping

17th September 2010

A Classic from Speyside.

This is a superbly balanced malt. If the above reviewer cannot spell sulphur then how can he hope to taste it!

30th July 2010

Over rated

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

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