Macallan 12 Year Old

Macallan is a distillery from the Speyside of Scotland. The bottle is matured in Sherry Casks from Jurez, Spain. It is an unpeated scotch. The company no longer sells the 12 Year Old and have replaced it with a new line called the 1824 Series. This Macallan 12 Year Old is considered an approachable scotch to try. There is also a Fine Oak variant of this scotch bottled at 10 years old.

Bought this bottle from Herbs N Food for RM 335. It is bottled at 40% ABV, 700ml. Nosing/tasting done in a Glencairn glass.

Nose: Leather, Wood, Ripe Blackberries, Dried Orange Skin
Taste: Smooth, creamy, vanilla, spicy
Finish: Pleasant, no burn, slight spicy after taste
Score: 70/100

This is a great drink but I didn’t find it interesting. Especially compared to the Glenfeddich 12. It’s just too bland and straight forward for my tastes. I’ve been wanting to taste the Macallan 12 ever since my interest in Scotch grew but it was a let down. I haven’t really been exposed to a wide variety of scotches yet, so I’m really unsure what Sherry tastes or smells like. I’m guessing its the sweet wood smell I’m getting. I’m really hopping my bottle was bad (or maybe my palate isn’t experienced enough), so I’ll definitely give it a second try when I get the chance.

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

This is my first actual scotch bottle I purchased. My initial decision was to get a Macallan 12 but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get something much more expensive without being able to drink it neat yet. In the end I decided to just get a cheaper lower-end single malt.

Glenfiddich’s core range is in the 12, 15, 18 and 21 year old variants. The company is owned by William Grand & Sons. Their distillery is located in Dufftown which is in the Speyside region. The 12 year old variant is aged in Oloroso sherry casks and bourbon casks. Fun fact, the brands logo is a symbolic reference to its name which means “Valey of the Deer”.

Purchased a 40% ABV 700ml bottle for RM 198.80 from Herbs N’ Foods Taipan. Nosing and tasting done on a Glencairn glass.

Nose: slight acetone, pear, spices and a little bit of honey
Taste: similar to nosing notes but more spice; a bit of sunflower seeds too
Finish: medium, slight alcohol burn and spicy with pair notes
Score: 75/100

It’s my first review and I’ve only tried very few other scotches (can barely remember what they tasted like), so I’m thinking a 75/100 would do it. My review is also heavily influenced by other reviews on Reddit, Youtube and also the official taste description by Glenfiddich.