The Macallan 12 Year Triple Cask Matured

Scotch Review #67: The Macallan 12 Year Triple Cask Matured

Distillery: Macallan

Region: Speyside

ABV: 43%

Age: 12

Price: $60

Color: 0.4, Jonquil / Ripe Corn. Natural color.


Nose (according to the wife): A bit of smoke/charcoal and a bit of ethanol. Not great.

Palate: Mouthfeel is creamy but a bit on the thin side. Golden raisins really pop up as the main note along with some citrus rind and a tart, fruity note (I was thinking that artificial raspberry flavor). Some oak spices round out the palate on this one.

Finish: Medium in length. More golden raisins, a hint of candied ginger, and some oak spices.

Conclusion: I was always a fan of the old Fine Oak 10 year (though it really split opinions). It was a great, easy, daily drinker kind of whisky. I was hoping that this one, with a fancy new bottle and a few extra years, would at least be similar and it is. It’s a nice light dram with some refreshing fruity notes. It’s not going to knock your socks off but there’s a few nice flavors in here that make it work. Would I buy a bottle? I’ll probably keep one around.

Final Score: 77.

Scotch whisky review #67, Speyside review #30, Whisky Network Review #90


Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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