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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.

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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


mac 12 has been my fav over 15 years, they changed, no sherry or vanilla, NOY WORTH BUYING

18th May 2021

Caramel and velvet

Excellent caramel with a beautiful texture the longer it sits on the palate.

1st May 2021



9th December 2020

Alcohol forward not sherry

I’m a regular 12 year old double cask fan - it’s my go to drink. I thought I’d tray myself and this was such a let down. It’s 50% more price and tastes harsher - the first sip is too alcohol forward. Seems to me all they did was added 3% to the alcohol and added 50% to the price
Stick with the double cask

8th December 2020

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

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