The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

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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 Speysider 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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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called a Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

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
Vincent
Vincent,
didn't get much other than peat on the nose, but I am not a regular scotch drinker. Get some Sherry sweetness with some oak, vanilla, caramel, as well as some moderate peat. Finish is fairly oaky. Once I put a few drops of water in there, I got a lot more oak on the nose. Tasted a lot more oaky and peaty, with maybe a bit of dried fruit, but I couldn't identify which, but the finish was a lot sweeter. I could see myself drinking quite a bit of this.
 
Rex
Rex,
Great taste. Smooth.
 
Zach
Zach,
Sweetness in the front, party in the back. Don’t let the smooth taste fool you.
 
Richard
Richard,
A great dram. Tastes similar to the Glendronach 15 year revival, which is one of my favorites. It has a wonderful sherry sweetness while retaining a respectable but not overly powerful peat finish to the flavor. A bit strong in the 12 year, perhaps more mellow in a more aged example. This is easily a daily drinker, and could be a staple in my bar. Would happily buy again.
 
Sam
Sam,
One of my top, definitely my top 12 year old. Just amazing, long finish that lasts, can sip an entire evening and not get old.
 
Michihiro
Michihiro,
Honey, vanilla, with light caramel and a little spice at the end... beautifully delicious
 
Jose
Jose,
enjoy the tones, and how smooth it is.
 
Chris
Chris,
Dripping honey with a hinting blend of spice that hits the nose and then trickles down the rainbow of flavor into a soft resting of the tongue. Not cloying.
 
David
David,
Very smooth and exactly what you’d expect from Macallan, very satisfying.
 
Dat
Dat,
This expression falls between a 7 and an 8, but closer to a 7. The sweetness and honey is there, per the sherry cask. It's good, but not comparable to Edition No. 4 .
 
guest
guest,
Own it
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Deliciously smooth and mild taste with a little bit of a bite to it. A highly recommended bottle to for a weekend drink.
 
Eric
Eric,
Tasted this one with dinner (which included some smoked, pulled pork), so my flavors may be a bit skewed. Picked up green apple and honey in the nose. More honey along with vanilla and oak on the tongue. Finish is a bit hot with maybe a bit of caramel, but nothing crazy. One that sits on the sweeter side of things for me. I'd pick the Glenmorangie 10 year over this one.
 
Michael
Michael,
Really smooth
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Has just enough bite and sweetness to it. Smooth finish.
 
Jon
Jon,
Amazing. Sherry, caramel and oak take center stage. By far my favorite Macallan offering so far.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
The standard of excellence in Scotch.
 
Leland
Leland,
Almost too drinkable
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
I almost always go for peat and smoke, but this scotch is absolutely superb. It is a smooth drinker, with sweet sherry, and crystal clear mouth feel. The blend of cherry and vanilla shine through and finish with a desserty toffee. I may not always drink it, but I'll always have a bottle on hand.
 
Alex
Alex,
Just a damn fine whiskey. If it was under $50 I would drink nothing else.
 
guest
guest,
Good intermediate.
 
Seth
Seth,
This was my first good bottle of scotch. Keep it neat and sip away, it doesn’t get much better than this one. If you’re scared to drop $100 or more on a great bottle, start here and you’ll be happy with what you get.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Nice oaky nuance flavors with a touch of sweetness in a delicate smooth finish.
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Smooth, slightly sweet. Not overpowered by the sherry cask.
 
Doug
Doug,
A good dram. The sherry cask flavor is prominent...this is nearly the equivalent of the significantly more expensive 18 year Macallan (in truth the 18 is not worth the price difference...the 12 is that close).
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Always delicious and a great go to adult beverage. Price a bit higher than local retailers in my area. Prices range from $53.99 to $65.99.
 
Alex
Alex,
Top of its class. At around $70 you really can’t go wrong with this bottle.
 
Rick
Rick,
Was one of first experiences with Sherried Scotch. Sweet on the tongue and absolutely no burn...a joy!
 
Jeremie
Jeremie,
you can't really go wrong with macallan
 
Eric
Eric,
Love it! Smooth and easy. This Scotch must be taken straight.
 
Jasson
Jasson,
This is my (and many's) go-to sherry-cask single-malt. Heavy ginger and vanilla on the nose (and a beautiful dark color). Immense, rich taste with a finish to rival them all. Anyone who's had it has no real reason to read reviews about it. The bottles have become increasingly expensive quickly over the past 10 years, though - making it difficult to keep it on the home bar.
 
Lucas
Lucas,
Nose: fruit/berries Taste: fruit, plum maybe?, light, lingering, sweet finish
 
Nathaniel
Nathaniel,
Absolutely my favorite and something that I have on hand at home and the office at all times. Nice and warm, and not too smokey. I actually prefer this to the 15 or 18. Macallan seems to get more peaty as it ages.
 
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.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
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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