The Macallen brand takes pride in its rich Scottish history. With a classic estate in the Speyside district, they boast smaller stills which makes their scotch have a profoundly unique taste. These small stills allow for more liquid to come into contact with the copper, giving it a fruity, full-bodied flavour. The Macallen stills are so renown that they have appeared on Bank of Scotland banknotes.
The barrels that Macallen 12 year use help define the brand as a whole. They boast in spending the most money of all the distillers on their casks. All this in order to have the best choice, color, and flavor that goes into their whisky. They specifically choose the best Spanish Sherry casks, to aid in the 60% flavor make up of aged whiskey.
With all of this attention to detail, how did Macallan 12 year hold up during a Society blind tasting?
Macallan has a very pleasant nose. The Society agreed this whisky must have been aged in Sherry casks at some point. Plenty of fruity flavors also came to mind – plumb, apple, pear and raisin. Also notes of chocolate and almond were found – along with sweet hay. All these notes are result of their signature small stills.
At this point, everyone expected a heavily sherried flavor. Though the sherry notes were present, it was actually subtle. Other notes of citrus, hay, and cherry came through. Many of us found that Macallan has tannic quality about it – that dry taste you get after drinking certain wines or black tea. This is good thing. The finish is medium to long and it evolves over time. This is the mark of a good whisky in my book. First, you get that subtle sherry aftertaste – then it evolves to notes of chocolate and oak.
The gave Macallan 12 year a blind review pour of 2.4 fingers. With this in mind we value Macallan 12 year as “medium” because a combination of the price and the quality of taste. I would feel like I would be giving someone a classic Scotch if I handed them a bottle of MACALLEN 12. A top tier whiskey that is highly approachable, with great flavor and decent price.
To Friends, Fellowship, and The Society. Sláinte!