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A Sherry wood matured 12 year old from Macallan, a superbly balanced affair, one of the best of its age group.
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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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
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
Definitely a classic. This is an awesome sherry malt.... oh so smooth !!
If you want to try some classic single malts this one would never let you down.
7th January 2017
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
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
Talisker in winter, otherwise M12 the go-to after dinner.
31st October 2016
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
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. Cheers
25th September 2016
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
For the price I find it spot on when I indulge in single malt. Tasty and stout
24th June 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
Excellent sherry, Balanced and simple taste, sweet honey, long finish.
29th February 2016
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
...too pricey. Mac12 saw a 15% price increase over past couple months where I'm from.
14th February 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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. Nelson
23rd December 2015
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
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
Je croyais que ce whisky était supprimé et effectivement je ne le voyais plus sur les étagères de mes fournisseurs depuis fort longtemps...et 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
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
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
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 12Overall 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
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
spicy, little oaky but smooth honey taste stays in mouth
6th July 2015
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 years...it 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
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
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
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
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.
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
I have tried many different brands and types of Scotch. Macallan 12yr is the best.
23rd December 2014
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) :)From Hungary
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