Excerpt: There is not an abundance of mystery in picking apart the 12-year offering from The Macallan. Going in with that understanding lends a great deal of versatility to the bottle which might otherwise go unnoticed in more deeply-stocked Scotch collections.
Excerpt: My thoughts on the Macallan 12 year old Sherry Oak has always been that it is one of those whiskies that is a cornerstone in the industry. Although, my opinion has changed after brands like GlenDronach, Tamdhu and Glenallachie joined the race.
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This is an age stated release from The Macallan. It is the original, which means it is sherry matured, rather than oak and finish.
Thick, fruity sherry. Theres some chocolate, fig and a hint of clove spice. Its mildly earthy but very sweet. It amazes me how much sherry depth makes it in here in just 12 years and not at Cask Strength.
Thinner mouth feel but satisfying. Not at all hot, theres plenty of cocoa, raisins, mild earthiness and a good deal of fig and fresh, red grapes.
Medium but has a good bit of depth. Its sweet and not at all bitter. That same earthy, chocolatey sherry sticks around.
I don't know how to say it so I'll be blunt. I love it. I hate that I love it. I wish it was still the inexpensive product of yesteryear but for the price becoming a stretch but to me it's solid, age stated sherry at a not exorbitant price. I want to revisit Aberlour 12 NCF and see how they compare.
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