The Macallan 12 Years Old
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky | 750 ml. | 80 proof
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
91 pts. Jackson’s Malt Whisky Companion: January 1, 1999
Nose: Sherry, honey, flowery notes.
Body: Full, smooth.
Palate: The first hints of flowering currant. Altogether more expressive [than the 10-year-old].
Finish: Slightly more rounded.
90–95 pts.Wine Enthusiast: April, 2008
The initial aroma is sweetish, winey and oaky; aeration allows the aroma to expand to include marzipan, treacle, molasses, honey, vanilla bean, cinnamon and cocoa butter. The palate entry is sweet, creamy and assertive; at midpalate the flavor becomes intensely nutty, buttery and bacon fat-like, with the beginnings of rancio. Remains one of Speyside’s standard-bearer 12 year olds.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal: June 1, 2007
The deep amber/ochre color with bronze core highlights is a benchmark for sherry cask aged malts; perfect purity. Right from the start, the aroma is sweetish, winey, and oaky; with further time in the glass, the aroma expands to include marzipan, treacle, molasses, honey, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and cocoa butter; an amazing experience. The palate entry is textured, unabashedly sweet, creamy, and assertive; by the midpalate phase, the flavor goes intensely nutty, buttery, and bacon fat-like, with the beginnings of rancio. Mountains of concentration and sherry/honey flavors make this a very stylistic malt that to some newbee admirers might seem old-fashioned. Remains one of the Speyside Scotland’s standard-bearer 12 year olds, in my view.