The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

(0.75l, 40%)


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Founded in 1824, The Macallan is one of the “Big 3” single malts in Scotland. Fortunately, they have achieved this scale without sacrificing quality. Their achievements are numerous — including setting the record price ever paid at auction for a single bottle of Scotch. They produce a very broad range of world-class single malt Whiskies that have a huge global following.

The Macallan 12 YO is the core of The Macallan lineup. When you walk into the local pub and simply order a “Macallan,” this is what will be poured into your glass — and they are sophisticated enough to keep a quantity of it on hand. It is not “just” finished in Sherry casks. This Highlander is aged its full twelve years in Spanish Sherry wood and for aficionados this particular Whisky defines the Sherried Whisky category. That means you get creamy toffee notes all day long with a rich rancio backdrop of fig and honey. It is the perfect Whisky to introduce a newbie to the world of single malts, but it will also be one of your favorites for life.

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The “Big 3” single malts are #1 Glenlivet, #2 The Macallan, and #3 Glenfiddich. Together, they produce over 20 million bottles of Whisky per year — the vast majority of which is used in their respective single malt offerings.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    12 Year Old

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sweet sherry
caramel
oak
spicy
vanilla
sweet
milk chocolate
figs
dried fruit
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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color 
Mahogany 

Nose / Aroma / Smell 
Ginger and dried cherries with vanilla and toasted wood 

Flavor / Taste / Palate 
Rich, smooth, and sweet with notes of toffee, fig, and orange blossoms

Finish
More toffee and molasses 

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Ratings & Reviews
Jerry
Jerry,
My go to scotch. Sweet and moderately thick. Notes of vanilla and oak. Easy drinker, I prefer it straight up. Getting pricey locally was $50 now hovering around $65.
 
Lauren
Lauren,
Always have it and never run out of it. My go-to scotch and my daily night cap. If I had a best friend that was booze it would be this Macallan. Only gets better with age.
 
Sam
Sam,
My go-to that is constantly stocked. This scotch is literally for everyone.
 
Tong
Tong,
Hmm... yummy and reasonable price
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Caramel and smoooth,it's the only way I can explain it,very drinkable no matter your mood!
 
Michael
Michael,
It's really good, but not DYNO-MITE! It is, however, my wife's favorite which is why I gave it the high mark. She absolutely loves it.
 
Noah
Noah,
Oak, light smoke, great for sipping neat, no need for dilution at all
 
Stephen
Stephen,
My first real introduction to scotch, so I may have ruined myself with that decision. Sherry, oak, vanilla and baking spices blend beautifully with a touch of smoke and char. My favorite scotch to date
 
Jerry
Jerry,
I have not had a smoother, more flavorful scotch.
 
Jernique
Jernique,
Very straight forward. Liked the strength and the sherry oak finish. Pretty reliable for what is labeled as.
 
Brian
Brian,
Pleasant on the palate; smooth; delectable finish.
 
Kris
Kris,
Shitty wine and band-aid
 
Seth
Seth,
Really good the sherry shines through!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Really like this one. A little sherry sweetness.
 
Kirsten
Kirsten,
Complex flavor was my first purchase of a bottle over 50 bucks and I gotta say you will not regret the purchase lots of different flavors and great finish very smooth. Will keep this one stocked. Almost gave it a 10 but I'm holding out for a bottle the blows me away...this on was close.
 
Leslie
Leslie,
Balance and smooth, love the hint of Sherry
 
Roxanne
Roxanne,
My new favorite, go to whiskey
 
Mike
Mike,
Excellent flavor, long full body. Exceptional and a great value.
 
Ro
Ro,
One of my favorite scotches.
 
Devin
Devin,
Amber color, with medium thick and fast tears. The nose is sweet with notes of toffee and dried fruits and raisins. There are some floral notes and a very subtle peat smoke. The raisins really pop out in the taste, with slight smokiness in the background. The mouthfeel is creamy and delicate. The finish is smooth and medium length. The smokiness comes in stronger at the end, and stays with you in your chest.
 
Peter
Peter,
Delicious oak. Nice spice and Sherry flavor.
 
Jodi
Jodi,
My go to whiskey. Smooth and flavorful.
 
Marcus
Marcus,
Clean, nice finish.
 
guest
guest,
Taste like heaven
 
Sydney
Sydney,
Smooth, mellow and very slightly sweet
 
Tristan
Tristan,
I’m greeted by ocean breeze, salted caramel, and red delicious apple peel in the nose. Great smoky bite in the palate with dried tree fruit and a lengthy, sweet finish. Solid scotch as always.
 
Kishuan
Kishuan,
Smooth. Great after taste
 
Eric
Eric,
Deep amber/copper color. Sweet sherry, oak and spice on the nose Dried fruit (currants and apricots), vanilla, caramel/toffee on the palette followed up with a medium finish. Add a few drops of water and the oak/spice/smoke mellow More oak/spice and less fruit than Glenmorangie Lasanta. For my taste I prefer the Lasanta. This is, in my opinion, the baseline for what the standard sherry cask scotch should be. Great for the money
 
Keith
Keith,
Not as smooth as the 18 but a great single malt for the price.
 
Alexander
Alexander,
Okay and smooth with a hint of spice
 
Rory
Rory,
A bit sweet (from the sherry?), but smooth like most Macallans and definitely better neat than on rocks.
 
Nancy
Nancy,
My absolute favorite
 
Gerrod
Gerrod,
Very Smooth. My go-to with fine cigar
 
Wesley
Wesley,
Oak and sherry. Very heavy. Thick in the glass and on the tongue. Very long sweet finish. I rated 9/10. There might be a scotch I like better for the price but I haven’t found it yet.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Very nice dram. Pretty much as expected from a heavily sherried scotch. A little too much oak and vanilla for my palate, but still very good.
 
Piotr
Piotr,
Light. Delicate. Dried fruit in the nose, mouth and aftertaste. I would never ever bought whole bottle for the price. It’s nice, but that’s it, nothing more than nice.
 
Greg
Greg,
what I compare all scotches against
 
Eric
Eric,
Definitely my go to and always a bottle in my stash! As someone else mentioned I use this as my baseline for comparisons.
 
Mario
Mario,
My baseline scotch with which to compare others.
 
Michael
Michael,
This is my go-to, it is smooth, a most subtle taste of peat, even Americans can tolerate the peat taste of the Macallan 12.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Not as full of a mouth feel as I expected. Sherry is decent. Bit of vanilla. Watery.
 
David
David,
Delicious. Smooth. Vanilla. Toffee. Best when consumed neat.
 
Michael
Michael,
Deep reddish amber color, lots of vanilla, spice and oak on the nose. Flavor-wise, lots of plum, dried cherries, a touch of wood, leading to a slightly cinnamon-spicy finish. This is probably the prototype for a Speyside "Sherry Bomb" Scotch. Starting to get a bit expensive for what it is, but still quite good, and with a broadly appealing flavor profile this makes a great intro for those new to Scotch Whisky.
 
guest
guest,
Aroma of sherry, caramel, buttery-creaminess, vanilla, oak Tastes sweet, spiciness from oak, cooling sensation, dried apricots and plums Overall one of my favorites - smooth, thick and oily
 
Leon
Leon,
Smooth! One of my favorite scotch by far.
 
Dakota
Dakota,
One of my favorites
 
Tom
Tom,
My go to scotch. Very smooth.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
nice light dram with the kick of the sherry in the back.
 
Elizabeth
Elizabeth,
Enjoyed very much.
 
Dallas
Dallas,
Some things just need drinking.
 
Mike
Mike,
Very tasty, peaty goodness.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Tasted great and so smooth. Loved it
 
Edward
Edward,
Favorite so far. Flavor can't be beat.
 
HAROLD
HAROLD,
Very smooth, love to sip on cold nights.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Without any question, my favorite Scotch - it has a great mouth feel, lovely lingering flavors, and none of the overpowering whiskey burn. I consider myself lucky that I prefer the 12 over any of their higher priced whiskeys (although I have a 2017 limited edition I have yet to try)
 
Scott
Scott,
One of my every week scotches. Sherry and smoke with a vanilla finish.
 
Ivette
Ivette,
It’s good for a dinner party to share with friends
 
Cathy
Cathy,
love the nose, smoothness and finish
 
John
John,
My favorite daily drink.
 
Paul
Paul,
Right up there on the list for me as well. I always feel warmer with this bottle. Sherry Cask is the way to go!
 
Oscar
Oscar,
I'm new to this but I do know that I love this and I can't wait to try more.
 
Rodney
Rodney,
Tasty, sweet, smooth with a nice bite. Flavorful
 
Martin
Martin,
Wonderful taste from beginning to end. Rich color, aroma and taste. A whisky to look forward to after a long day.
 
Dan
Dan,
Great but not the best Macallan I've had...This one is cost effective and a winner all around for that
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Enjoyable with friends
 
Charles
Charles,
Not a fan of the sherry casked drams but it was smooth.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Near perfection. Easily one of my favorite whiskeys.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
My go-to single-malt. Not irreplacibly expensive, yet still enough to be special.
 
Bill
Bill,
My go to drink. Smooth and very drinkable. Gets better as it gets a little air. Like wine it seems to open up.
 
Cody
Cody,
Smooth with not bite
 
Chris
Chris,
A standard setter for Scotch. The quality is obviously high, but the taste profile is very approachable for someone just getting into Scotch
 
Randy
Randy,
One of my favorite single malts. Very smooth low peat flavor.
 
Doug
Doug,
My son and i have a shot when he visits.Nice finish and smooth
 
guest
guest,
Delicious
 
John
John,
Fruity
 
guest
guest,
My first... Has a special place in my heart
 
Sean
Sean,
Amazing love the flavor
 
guest
guest,
My all time favorite for every occasion.
 
guest
guest,
My favorite sherry scotch - sweet and sherry - very easy to drink
 
Iain
Iain,
Nothing but the best- amazing
 
guest
guest,
Something is off putting for me. Too much of sherry
 
Patrick
Patrick,
If you consider yourself a scotch drinker this is a must have.
 
Derek
Derek,
Probably my favorite from them.
 
B
B,
Best thing to ever happen to a glass.
 
Phillip
Phillip,
Simply amazing
 
guest
guest,
Suntec District 10
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Very good and smooth
 
Bruce
Bruce,
My favorite every day scotch.
 
guest
guest,
Good distinct Macallan flavors
 
Steven
Steven,
Love this scotch, my favorite from the highlands.
 
guest
guest,
Best day to day Scotch to have available. Rich and complex enough to keep your taste buds singing sip after sip.
 
Bob
Bob,
Very smooth with fruity notes. Nice finish. Very drinkable.
 
Jesse
Jesse,
its a good drink. im still getting into scotch coming from bourbon. i like it alot, love the sweet honey smoothness.
 
Eric
Eric,
Very much like raisins.
 
guest
guest,
Decent, but nowhere near the top of the list. Not even sure it's one of the better 12 year-olds
 
guest
guest,
Best bang for your buck
 
guest
guest,
It's nice but expensive
 
Erik
Erik,
Excellent drinking experience. Was my first taste of Scotch when I was 19 and I hated it. After developing my pallet for a several years, I retried it at 25, and fell in love with the aroma and taste experience. For me, it has just enough floral flavors in contrast to the richer oaky notes that make a Whiskey what it is. In my opinion this whiskey is the ideal drink for those who enjoy time well spent and sifting through memory with a glass in hand.
 
guest
guest,
Deliciously smooth and sweet!
 
ben
ben,
Fantastic smooth scotch. No peat just smooth sherry flavor.
 
guest
guest,
The best
 
guest
guest,
Good drink. Widely available. My go to when favorites aren't available.
 
Reginald
Reginald,
Too young.
 
Brian
Brian,
My go-to
 
John
John,
One of my go-to favorites.
 
Maslennikov
Maslennikov,
Perfect! Very mild.
 
Josh
Josh,
Very smooth
 
guest
guest,
Smokey, sweet, nice sipper
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Very smooth with hints of sweetness. Nice oaky finish.
 
Alec
Alec,
Very smooth very soothing. A bit light and airy. Slight milk chocolate finish. Very caramel and fruity as well.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Great for sipping, pretty smooth and something great for everyday
 
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