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The Macallan 12 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky


macallan12 111111 The Macallan 12 Year Single Malt Scotch WhiskyExclusively Matured in Selected Sherry Oak Casks  

By Matt Goldstein

Established in 1824, the Macallan distillery is Speyside in Easter Elchies, Craigellachie, in the Highlands of Scotland.  When you first open the bottle there’s a sweet whisky scent, then the scotch whisky scent settles in slightly.  The Macallan 12 years old Highland Scotch is much darker in color than its younger counterpart, the Macallan 10 year.  The 12 year sherry aged brings a medium brown color with a good red hue.  The darker color in the 12 year is probably due to the strict use of sherry casks and the extra 2 years of aging, as opposed to the Macallan 10 year which is triple cask aged in sherry and bourbon oak barrels.  There is not much peat in the Macallan 12 year; in fact it can be barely detected at all, contrasting with the 10 year which has more than a touch of smoke.  The Macallan 12 year is especially smooth but with a strong, full finish, understated burn and dry aftertaste.  A few drops of water, open the single malt up a bit, and the whisky seems to get thicker with a minute peat scent. 

Macallan 12 Year, 43% ABV, Scotland




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