Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Macallan 12

Macallan is one of the most well known and historically respected distilleries. They are most famous for their Sherry Oak collection, although they recently released the Fine Oak collection. A few feathers were ruffled with Single Malt purists upon the release of the Fine Oak collection, and Macallan has continued to do so with some of their advertising and marketing campaigns.

Macallan 12 (Sherry Oak) is one of the more common Single Malts in the U.S., and is generally thought of as a classic expression. Many expressions by Macallan are highly collectible, such as the Fine and Rare, and Lalique collections.

Nose: Spice, Oak, Fruit, Caramel, Vanilla, Cream

Palate: Spice, Caramel, and Fruit carry over from the Nose, as well as Cinammon

Finish: Earthy, Coffee, Hints of Smoke

Overall: A nice, elegant sherried whisky. If you have never sampled this, I recommend trying this the first time in a nice quiet environment rather than in a busy loud restaurant, so you can focus on the subtleties of this whisky. If you do not spend some time with this one, it can taste flat, but with a little concentration, is a lovely dram. A must try if you want to gain knowledge about Single Malt Whiskies, especially sherried ones. Miniature bottles and 350ml bottles should be easy enough to find in the U.S. Price is about $50/750ml in my area. For more information about Macallan click Here or Here. Please follow me on Twitter @USScotchReview. Also, if you missed my interview with Jim McEwan of Bruichladdich, see my older posts!