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.
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.
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.
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
Very intense, Sherry influence is evident. Hints of vanilla and burnt fudge.
Fruity and spicy, once again with a very heavy Sherry influence. Soft smoke and toasted oak complete a very pleasant experience.
Long sweet finish. Dried fruits, Christmas spice and oak aftertaste.