Friday, August 2, 2013

Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry

Whisky Type/Region: Single Malt Scotch Whisky/Speyside

Bottle Size: 750ml

Alcohol by Volume: 43%

Notes: Macallan is one of the bigger whisky distillers in Scotland. It is a Speyside distillery, and is among the world's top three best selling single malt whiskies, behind Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. For many years Macallan was known for maturing all of their whisky exclusively in Sherry casks. However, in 2004, Macallan introduced their "Fine Oak" range of whisky aged in American Bourbon oak casks to market along side their "Sherry Oak" range. 

The 12 year old Sherry, is the youngest offering from Macallan in the US market, along with another 12 year old from the "Fine Oak" range. In other markets the 10 year old is the standard entry level offering. 

Nose: A hint of smoke at first, then toffee and baked apple. 

Taste: The toffee flavor follows the nose, while the smoke gives way to cinnamon spice and apple, and a hint of cherry. This is a very well balanced single malt. 

Finish: After the sherry fruit flavors fade, the toffee remains, ending on a slight note of smoke.

My Personal Ranking: 84/100

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