|Sherry Oak Casks from Jerez, Spain
|Bottle code L0030T L2 03/02 12:47
|In Original Container
|In Original Container
40% again, I’m afraid, so no high hopes. We used to have the older 12 sherry from the late 1990s at +/-84 points (but they were still bottling it at 43%), the newer ones from the early to mid 2000s at +/-80… Let’s see what will happen now. Colour: bronze gold. Nose: sure it’s not big, but it is rather nice, despite a few disturbing whiffs of pencil shavings. Large-brand chocolate, brownies, garden peat (and other earthy things), dried porcinis… Sadly, it really fades away after just two minutes, to the point where I’m thinking I should have used an amplifying glass instead of my faithful tulip glass. Goodbye! Mouth: ah, more power now, at least for a while. More oomph and flavours than in the Double Cask, cloves, marmalade, chocolate cake, pecan pie… But then, again, it tends to become thin. What’s nicer is that oranges remain there. Finish: short and thin, but not as evanescent as the humble Double Cask. Orange cake covered with chocolate. Comments: lovely whisky, very very lovely whisky. It’s just a crying shame that it’s this thin. Next time I think I’m going to add a few drops of surgical spirit at 90%. Wouldn’t that work?
A Captivating Symphony of Spanish Elegance
The Macallan distillery is renowned for its commitment to crafting exceptional single malt whiskies, and their 12 Years Old Sherry Oak expression is a testament to their mastery. Bottled on the 3rd of February, 2015, this whisky has spent over a decade maturing in the finest Sherry Oak Casks sourced from Jerez, Spain. The result is a captivating symphony of flavors and aromas that showcases the elegance and influence of Spanish oak.
The Macallan 12 Years Old Sherry Oak is a true embodiment of the distillery's dedication to quality and craftsmanship. From the moment the bottle is opened, the rich and inviting scents of dried fruits, spices, and hints of oak fill the air, setting the stage for an extraordinary tasting experience.
As the whisky is poured into the glass, its deep amber color catches the light, reflecting the years of maturation and the Sherry Oak Casks' influence. This rich hue is a visual testament to the meticulous selection and seasoning of the casks, which have played a significant role in shaping the whisky's character.
On the palate, the Macallan 12 Years Old Sherry Oak unfolds its symphony of flavors. The rich, velvety texture is accompanied by a delightful blend of dried fruits, raisins, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. The influence of the Sherry Oak Casks from Jerez adds layers of complexity and depth, creating a whisky that is both harmonious and refined.
At 40% alcohol by volume (ABV), this expression offers a smooth and approachable drinking experience. The lower ABV allows the flavors to gently unfold on the palate, revealing the intricacies and nuances of the whisky's composition.
The finish of the Macallan 12 Years Old Sherry Oak is long-lasting and satisfying. It leaves a lingering warmth, with notes of oak and a gentle sweetness that invites you to savor each sip and reflect on the journey of flavors.
This expression is a true celebration of the artistry and heritage of Macallan. The careful selection of Sherry Oak Casks from Jerez, Spain, and the meticulous aging process have resulted in a whisky that exemplifies the distinctive style and character for which Macallan is renowned.
The Macallan 12 Years Old Sherry Oak is a whisky to be cherished and savored. It is an invitation to explore the rich traditions of Spanish oak maturation and indulge in the complexity and depth of flavors that only time and expertise can deliver. Raise a glass and immerse yourself in the captivating world of this remarkable expression.