The Macallan 12 Year Fine Oak


Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.

On the run up to Burns Night 2017 I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the participants for a Macallan Tweet Tasting run by The Whisky Wire. To find out more about The Whisky Wire, Tweet Tastings and for more details on the trials and tribulations of taking part in a Tweet Tasting while your wife might be in early labour check out my blog post #TheMacallan.

Here are my detailed tasting notes for the first of the 3 whiskies tasted.


Light gold.


Rather light and sweet. A touch of malt, a good whack of vanilla and a nice fruit and almond mix – reminiscent of a dried fruit and nut mix that everyone has out at Christmas but no one seems to touch.


Again light on the palate and quite refreshing, a little spice, vanilla some oak and a nice lemon citrus to round it off. After holding it my mouth awhile I got definite plums [insert plums in mouth joke here].


Oak shows through on the finish and again those nuts and dried fruits come through again with plum on the finish.


A light refreshing dram, very fine indeed. (Sorry, couldn’t myself!) However it lacked something for me… maybe that’s just because I prefer strong and rich flavours and this was a tad on the light side for me.



Taken from The Macallan Website.



Pale Straw
Complex with a hint of fruit and heather honey
Medium, balanced with fruit, oak and spice
Lingering with dried fruits, oak and spice

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