Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Range
The Macallan 12 Year Old is a single malt Scotch whisky from the Macallan Distillery, one of Speyside’s most successful and respected distilleries. Macallan, along with the far more successful The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, forms the trio of Speyside single malts that dominate worldwide.
It is part of the newly structured core-range at the Macallan Distillery, and belongs to the Sherry Oak matured family of Macallan single malts. This the standard whisky Macallan have put at the beginning of their core-range, and is succeeded by the phenomenal Macallan 18 Year Old.
History of Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Whisky
The earliest days of the Macallan Distillery begin with Alexander Reid, a barley farmer and school teacher establishing the distillery in 1824. The name Macallan was chosen by Reid as a conflation of two words, ‘Magh’ meaning fertile land in Gaelic, and ‘Ellan’ from the name of Monk St. Fillan.
The distillery’s ownership passed hands in 1868 as James Stuart took over, and ran the business until 1892. After his time with the Macallan Distillery concluded, Stuart sold the distillery to Roderick Kemp.
It wasn’t until the 1990s that Macallan came under the ownership of their current owners, the Edrignton Group, previously known as the Highland Distillers.
In 2018, Macallan inaugurated their new distillery, built at a cost of £140 Million and housing some of state-of-the-art infrastructure. The distillery’s Onion-shaped stills have been talked about all over the world. Short in height, and shaped uniquely like an onion, the Macallan stills are different than the lantern-shaped stills at The Glenlivet Distillery.
It is the shape of the stills that gives the whisky its unique character, and the Macallan’s oily, intense texture and tasting notes come from their onion-shaped stills.
Making Process of Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Whisky
The Macallan 12 Year Old unlike most whiskies, has been matured entirely and exclusively in Sherry barrels. Sherry barrels from the Jerez region in Spain are handpicked by the people at Macallan for this very purpose.
Most whiskies undergo a shorter finishing period in a combination of barrels in order to draw subtle flavours from them, but the Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak spends all its 12 years in it.
Alcohol Percentage in Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Whisky
The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak carries an alcohol strength between 40%-43% ABV, which is slightly higher than the standard 40% ABV permissible limit for Scotch whiskies.
The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak has not won any major whisky tasting competitions or awards.
20th February 2019
Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Range Tasting Notes
Very intense, Sherry influence is evident. Hints of vanilla and burnt fudge.
Long sweet finish. Dried fruits, Christmas spice and oak aftertaste.
Fruity and spicy, once again with a very heavy Sherry influence. Soft smoke and toasted oak complete a very pleasant experience.
More whiskies in the league
The Macallan 18yr Malt Scotch
Aroma of dried fruits and ginger root, along with notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Palate is bursting with orange citrus and clove, as well as a very subtle wood smoke, and leads an elegant finish filled with toffee, oak, almonds and dried mangos.
Macallan Malt Scotch
The Macallan Distillery is one of the Speyside’s three most successful single malt Scotch whisky brands. It forms the trio of bestselling single malt Scotch whiskies worldwide alongside The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich. All three distilleries belong to the Speyside region of Scotland, which is also the most densely populated with distilleries than any other Scottish region.
Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak Whisky
The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak is a single malt Scotch whisky from the classic Speyside distillery. This expression is a part of the Sherry Oak series, which forms the newly restructured core-range by Macallan, one of the top three single malt Scotch distilleries of the world including The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich.
Macallan Double Cask Scotch Whisky
The Macallan Double Cask Gold is a no-age-statement single malt Scotch from the house of Macallan. The Double Cask Gold is a 2018 relaunch of the Macallan Gold, which itself was released in 2012.
Recommended For You
Long John Whisky
Long John is a brand of Blended Scotch Whisky. The brand dates back to 1900 when it was established by 'Long' John Macdonald.
An honest-to-goodness blended Scotch whisky, Dunfife combines the quality that comes with maturity with a low price point to secure the best-value purchase slot.
Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky
Amrut Fusion is an Indian single malt whisky launched in 2009 by Amrut Distilleries in Bangalore, India. The whisky is made from a mix of Scottish and Indian barley, thus giving it the name “Fusion”.
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Woodford Reserve is a brand of straight Bourbon whiskey from Kentucky, USA. It is a small-batch Bourbon whiskey, distilled on-site at the distillery that began operations over two centuries ago in 1812. The official Bourbon whiskey of the Kentucky Derby, Woodford Reserve is an extremely well-rated straight Bourbon among experts and whisky enthusiasts, and the brand has also done well at whisky tasting competitions.
Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey
Pikesville Rye is a straight rye whiskey that has been around for more than 120 years. First launched in Maryland in 1895, production of this whiskey was stopped multiple times throughout the year.
Famous Grouse Malt Scotch
Blending premium whisky isn’t just something we do, it has been the foundation of our craft since 1800. We bring together the finest ingredients to create a natural spirit before the passing of time imparts the wonderful flavour from our handcrafted casks. Add to this the fusion of skilled craftsmen and a tenacious obsession with quality and you arrive at our Famous, rich, sweet, well-rounded whisky
A flawless blend of rare Indian whisky from select Indian grain. Full-bodied with a distinctive flavour, it glides effortlessly on the palate, with a consistent taste and refreshing aroma.
Suntory The Chita Single Grain Japanese Whisky
The Chita is a single grain whisky produced by Suntory, the largest maker of alcoholic beverages in Japan. This expression has been named after the Chita Distillery, located in the Chita Peninsula, Japan.
Talisker Skye Malt Scotch
An easy-drinking style, taking the distillery's classically rugged character and softening it out, while maintaining the smoky and sweet notes the distillery is known for. More approachable, but still definitely Talisker.Talisker Skye was introduced in early 2015, named after the beautiful island on which the distillery resides. This expression brings with it a more well-rounded and sweet flavour profile packed with fresh citrus, sweet smoke, peppery spice and traditional Talisker maritime notes. It's matured in a combination of refill and toasted American oak casks, with a slightly higher proportion of toasted casks. Perfect for those who perhaps find the classic Talisker flavour profile a bit too much, not to say that Talisker fans won't enjoy it too.