The Macallan 12 Year Old – Sherry Oak ~ 40% (Maxxium UK Ltd.)
40% ABV, Discontinued £75 for 70cl still available from The Whisky Exchange
What they say:
Colour: Rich gold
ABV40% (USA 43%)
Nose: Vanilla with a hint of ginger, dried fruits, sherry sweetness and wood smoke
Palate: Deliciously smooth, rich dried fruits and sherry balanced with wood smoke and spice
Finish: Sweet toffee and dried fruits, with wood smoke and spice
The Sherry Oak range is exclusively matured in sherry seasoned oak casks from Spain and America for a beautifully dark, full flavoured single malt whisky.
The Macallan imports the majority of all new sherry seasoned casks into Scotland from Spain to mature scotch whisky. These are the most expensive of all the cask types used to mature scotch whisky.
The Macallan’s oak maturation casks are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colours and distinctive aromas and flavours of The Macallan. We control the whole journey from forest to cask for both our Spanish and American oak sherry seasoned casks.
A study commissioned exclusively by, and for, The Macallan showed that the exceptional oak sherry casks account for some 60% of the final aromas and flavours. So we invest heavily in the sourcing, crafting, seasoning and caring for our casks.
Spanish oak with its open grain and high tannin content. imparts the classic aromas and flavours of dried fruits, spices and chocolate orange. American oak imparts a lighter colour, with sweet, soft aromas and flavours of vanilla and fresh fruits.
What I say:
The Macallan 12 Year Old was another miniature bottle we picked up at Glenturret Distillery as part of their end-of-stock sale
Golden blood orange (Identical to the Macallan 10 Year Old Sherry Oak)
Red berries and cream, spicy nutmeg/cinnamon, strong vanilla pods, tannic, like a wet leather school satchel, oranges and sweet honey
Smooth, balanced with syrupy/watery mouthfeel (less oily than the 10 Year Old), barley sugars, oaky wood, and the oranges and dried cherries amongst other sherry fruits
Medium, wood polish, oak, vanilla and toffee
Would I buy it:
Preferentially over the 10 Year Old, Yes. This is definitely an improvement though the identical colouring was a little dis-heartening (indicative of colouring perhaps) the mouthfeel and flavours have developed significantly with a couple of extra years of maturation. Sadly this expression is also discontinued in the wake of the Macallan 1824 series so snap one up fast while they are still available!