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The Macallan - Double Cask 12

87.46 / 100

Rich & Round Flavours

Visual: 4.54 /5  •  Aroma: 20.92 /25  •  Taste: 35.54 /40   •  Finish: 26.46 /30

Dram Code: P13

Producer: Macallan

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask: Ex Sherry American & European Oak

Age: 12

Country: Scotland

Region: Speyside

Chill Filtered: Yes

Added Colour: No

ABV: 40%

Cask Strength: No

Release: Standard

Price: $91.22 (at time of review)

Dram Code: P13

Producer: Macallan

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask Type: Ex Sherry American & European Oak

Age: 12

Country: Scotland

Region: Speyside

ABV: 40%

Cask Strength: No

Chill Filtered: Yes

Added Colour: No

Release: Standard

Price: $91.22 (at time of review)

About This Single Malt Whisky

ABOUT THIS DRAM

This write-up is taken from the first time this whisky was reviewed by us as Dram P01 on June 4 2017. The below score is from a blind tasting, whereas the first review was not blind (and scored only 77.11). Just goes to show how both time and prejudice can affect a score!

After discontinuing their age statement releases in Canada some time ago, Macallan strikes back with this interesting variation on their classic 12 year old. They use both American oak and European oak ex sherry casks. Yep, american oak ex-sherry. You read that right. They buy virgin American casks, ship them to Spain, season them with sherry and then ship them to Scotland. Now that’s dedication!

Macallan is known the world over and shows up in various media. The movies Takers and Skyfall both feature their whisky and so does the TV show Better Call Saul. It is even the official scotch of the Speaker of the House of Commons in the UK. Not sure why that’s a thing, but apparently it is. Did you know though that Macallan is actually the third name the distillery has been known by? It started life as Elchies, before changing to Macallan-Glenlivet in the late 19th Century. It was only as recently as 1980 that it became what we all know and love today.

 

TASTING NOTES

The nose brought classic sherry notes with subtle vanilla fudge.

On the palate, we found Christmas cake, and not the usual dried fruit but the cake and marzipan too.

Dried apricots and candied orange rind drifted on the tongue, but certainly not long enough to outstay it’s welcome.

By Adam Bradshaw on July 29, 2018

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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How We Review Whiskies

Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

The nickname is usually given by the writer of the initial review and tasting notes. It is based on their tasting notes and used to refer to the whisky to keep its true identity hidden for those who enjoy blind tasting.