Nose: Raisins and figs are the first noticeable aromas. Floral notes and tropical fruits join with oak spices. Newer bottles has more burn on the nose.
Palate: Creamy texture has sweet spices with Sultanas with a jammy taste.
Finish: Winter spices like nutmeg and cinnamon blends into oaky character to an everlasting finish.
There is a lot to talk about The Macallan and its past, present and future. I wrote my first tasting notes for Macallan 12 Sherry Oak in 2016, now as I revisited it in August 2020, I wanted to add more comments.
Macallan has always been the leader of whisky style that was matured in Sherry casks for decades. They made incredible whiskies like Macallan 7 and Macallan 18 Sherry Oak
My thoughts on the Macallan 12 year old Sherry Oak has always been that it is one of those whiskies that is a cornerstone in the industry. Although, my opinion has changed after brands like GlenDronach, Tamdhu and Glenallachie joined the race.
Also my recent experience with a new bottle of Macallan 12 was not that rich and complex. I couldn't feel the body I used to feel and nose was a little more aggressive.
The price in the last three years jumped around $10, but it is still around $70 line which is quite understandable in the industry.