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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.
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.
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.
Smooth. Great after taste
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
Not as smooth as the 18 but a great single malt for the price.
Okay and smooth with a hint of spice
A bit sweet (from the sherry?), but smooth like most Macallans and definitely better neat than on rocks.
My absolute favorite
Very Smooth. My go-to with fine cigar
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.
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.
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.
what I compare all scotches against
Definitely my go to and always a bottle in my stash! As someone else mentioned I use this as my baseline for comparisons.
My baseline scotch with which to compare others.
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.
Not as full of a mouth feel as I expected. Sherry is decent. Bit of vanilla. Watery.
Delicious. Smooth. Vanilla. Toffee. Best when consumed neat.
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.
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
Smooth! One of my favorite scotch by far.
One of my favorites
My go to scotch. Very smooth.
nice light dram with the kick of the sherry in the back.
Enjoyed very much.
Some things just need drinking.
Very tasty, peaty goodness.
Tasted great and so smooth. Loved it
Favorite so far. Flavor can't be beat.
Very smooth, love to sip on cold nights.
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)
One of my every week scotches. Sherry and smoke with a vanilla finish.
It’s good for a dinner party to share with friends
love the nose, smoothness and finish
My favorite daily drink.
Right up there on the list for me as well. I always feel warmer with this bottle. Sherry Cask is the way to go!
I'm new to this but I do know that I love this and I can't wait to try more.
Tasty, sweet, smooth with a nice bite. Flavorful
Wonderful taste from beginning to end. Rich color, aroma and taste. A whisky to look forward to after a long day.
Great but not the best Macallan I've had...This one is cost effective and a winner all around for that
Enjoyable with friends
Not a fan of the sherry casked drams but it was smooth.
Near perfection. Easily one of my favorite whiskeys.
My go-to single-malt. Not irreplacibly expensive, yet still enough to be special.
My go to drink. Smooth and very drinkable. Gets better as it gets a little air. Like wine it seems to open up.
Smooth with not bite
A standard setter for Scotch. The quality is obviously high, but the taste profile is very approachable for someone just getting into Scotch
One of my favorite single malts. Very smooth low peat flavor.
My son and i have a shot when he visits.Nice finish and smooth
Has a special place in my heart
Amazing love the flavor
My all time favorite for every occasion.
My favorite sherry scotch - sweet and sherry - very easy to drink
Nothing but the best- amazing
Something is off putting for me. Too much of sherry
If you consider yourself a scotch drinker this is a must have.
Probably my favorite from them.
Best thing to ever happen to a glass.
Suntec District 10
Very good and smooth
My favorite every day scotch.
Good distinct Macallan flavors
Love this scotch, my favorite from the highlands.
Best day to day Scotch to have available. Rich and complex enough to keep your taste buds singing sip after sip.
Very smooth with fruity notes. Nice finish. Very drinkable.
its a good drink. im still getting into scotch coming from bourbon. i like it alot, love the sweet honey smoothness.
Very much like raisins.
Decent, but nowhere near the top of the list. Not even sure it's one of the better 12 year-olds
Best bang for your buck
It's nice but expensive
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.
Deliciously smooth and sweet!
Fantastic smooth scotch. No peat just smooth sherry flavor.
Good drink. Widely available. My go to when favorites aren't available.
One of my go-to favorites.
Perfect! Very mild.
Smokey, sweet, nice sipper
Very smooth with hints of sweetness. Nice oaky finish.
Very smooth very soothing. A bit light and airy. Slight milk chocolate finish. Very caramel and fruity as well.
Great for sipping, pretty smooth and something great for everyday