Macallan 12 Years Old Sherry Oak 40% NV
|Cask Type||Sherry Casks|
Serge Valentin (81)
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?