A couple of years ago I experienced a drop in flavor in Mac 12 with my last couple of bottles here in the Northwest, so I have been avoiding it in favor of Alberlour 16 DC, HP 18, and some other favorite sherried drams.
I thought I would try it again, so I picked up a bottle of the 12 yr sherry, and it really is quite good. I am sipping it as I write, and I find it richer, and fuller than my last tasting 2 year ago.
I am really enjoying it. Very tasty.
Nose: honey, sweet, citrus, sherry, vanilla.
Palate: full, sweet, creamy, honey, vanilla, orange, spices, pepper.
Finish: sweet, long with some pepper/heat.
Certainly, much better than my memory of it from a couple of years back.
I enjoyed it so much I went back this morning and got two more bottles to stockpile from the same case.
Has anyone else noticed a change recently in Macallan 12 sherrry.
Personally I prefer the older versions but taste is personal.
Ganga, that is good research you and Stan did, that's the way to taste the difference. I'm sure the Sherry casks they finish in are a lot different now.
I suspect it is a lot harder to get the top Spanish sherry casks now as the world wide demand for Single Malt increases, and more distillers finishing in Sherry, Port, Sauternes, etc.
Still this recent batch of Mac 12 tasted good, better than the last couple bottles I tried 2-3 years back. I'm happy about that. I stocked up on a few more.
I'm finding inconsistencies in some of my favorites like Macallan 12, Balvenie DW, and Highland Park 12, all not quite as good as a few years back (ca. old bottles). So when I come across a batch that taste good I tend to buy a few bottles and stockpile them so I have a decent taste when I want it.
I can't get over the price and value of the Balvenie for its price.
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