Macallan 12 Triple Cask Review


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Type – Single Malt

Age – 12 Year Old

Location – Highlands

Casks – European Sherry, American Sherry & Ex-Bourbon

Price – £54.95

Taste Profile

Smokiness – 0/5

Fruitiness – 2.5/5

Oakiness – 3/5

Spiciness – 2/5

Boldness – 2.5/5

S&S Rating



Taste – 4.5/5

Nose – 3/5

Value – 3.5/5

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What do we think of this whisky?

It took a while to review this whisky. At first we wondered if they’d overdone it with triple casks. It’s not like a lot of Highland scotches, this Macallan 12 year old is a lot smoother and not as aggressive. Despite having being matured in two types of sherry casks, European and American, it’s not too sweet but you can see what Macallan mean by there being notes of melon. If anything the bourbon casks provide the dominant flavour to this triple cask scotch. Many Highland whiskies have quite a distinct heat to them but this is much more mellow.

Nosing this whisky leads you to believe the taste could be quite herbal but also fairly Southern American, which is a reason why it took a while to come round to this scotch, as it shares traits of whiskies from other regions. If you’re into Irish whiskies, this is a nice way to transition to scotch as there are similar attributes. 

This feels like a real curve ball to have in your locker but not in a bad way. If you’re after more stereotypical Highland spice and oaky flavours, this may catch you off guard but we quite like that factor. Macallan have really created something that’s easy to enjoy with their triple cask 12 year old single malt.

Should I add ice or water?

This is a mellow sotch, it doesn’t need water or ice. If anything and you’re looking for a refreshing drink, ice may go well but it’s really not a must.


What music genres pair well with this whisky?

Jazz, Blues, Funk

What album have we chosen for this whisky?

people sitting on sofa

Nile Rogers has achieved so much in a very distinguished career. Chic has so many well known hits, it would be hard to find someone who hasn’t heard ‘Le Freak’. One thing is for sure, their straight up funk is pretty smooth which is why we think it’s a suitable match for the Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask scotch. With Chic, every time you see a customary appearance on shows like Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, you’re not sure if you should enjoy it but you do. This is a bit like how we feel about this triple cask single malt scotch.


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