Macallan 12 Year Old / Sherry Oak / US Version
75cl / 43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Deliciously smooth, with rich dried fruits and sherry, balanced with wood smoke and spice. Described by Paul Pacult, the renowned international whisky writer, in his book Kindred Spirits as: "simply the best 12 Year Old single malt around".
Nose: Vanilla with hints of ginger, dried fruits, sherry sweetness and wood smoke
Palate: Deliciously smooth, with rich dried fruits and sherry, balanced with wood smoke and spice
Finish: Sweet toffee, dried fruits, lingering wood smoke and spice
When it comes to “exceptional barrel politics” the Speyside distillery Macallan definitely plays a major role. The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old is part of this very product line, which has helped The Macallan to gain their great reputation: the pure sherry cask range. While losing only a few words at first about doing experiments with American oak casks in the late 1980s, Macallan still has its place for pure sherry casks, which the here tasted Macallan 12 Years Old Sherry Oak was matured in.
That in these Jerez sherry cask whiskeys the quality cannot be dismissed is clearly shown by the sales figures of Macallan. In the beginning of this millennium Macallan placed three in the most successful Scottish single malt distilleries, regarding the number of bottles sold. It is therefore right behind The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich.
The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old presents itself in the glass in brownish gold. Very enjoyable and as expected the most interesting part of the Macallan 12 Years Old Sherry Oak was the nosing. In addition to aromas of grapes and a subtle sherry, it was mostly wood notes, which attracted attention. In the mouth the 12 years old Macallan was peppered with aromas of apples and sherry by the maturation in sherry casks. Another positive point of the tasting was the Macallan’s creaminess and softness. Clear advantage of the Macallan Sherry Oak was the finish. By notes of sherry and leather this Macallan whisky was very long and warm on the palate.