Macallan 12-year-old ‘Sherry Oak’

Bought – Nickolls & Perks, 9th September 2014

93/100 – Whisky Bible 2014
84.87/100 – Whiskybase (average from 229 member votes)
88/100 – Whisky Bitch – Her review on YouTube (February 2014)

There are times during any form of collecting, be it whisky, stamps, shoes, motorbikes, etc, when you can have a mad moment. This can often be followed by a collector questioning why they do what they do, especially if they also believe in saving the planet, helping the poor and curing cancer. For me these moments of doubt can hit at any time but especially if I spend a lot of money on a whisky that doesn’t really merit the price tag. Enter the Macallan 12yo ‘Sherry Oak’. A mere snip at £66 in September but already a month later it’s up to £74 and rising. But it’s been discontinues, and getting rarer, so shops are gradually hiking the price. My brother remembers it when it used to be about £30, and that’s within the last 10 years. But I’ve fallen into the trap of thinking the Macallan is collectable for a future profit, if I don’t end up drinking it first.

Jim Murray rates the 12yo ‘Sherry Oak’ below the 12yo ‘Fine Oak’ but it’s the other way around with the votes from Whiskybase which are:

  • 84.87/100 – 12yo Sherry Oak, average from 229 votes
  • 81.68/100 – 12yo Fine Oak, average from 151 votes

Personally I do love a more sherried Speysider so I’m likely to side with those on Whiskybase instead of Mr Murray. But when two whiskies are as close as that, you can sometimes find it depends on the day as to which one you prefer. There’s a whisky for all moods, emotions and seasons.

Macallan 12yo Sherry Oak 70cl

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