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On Vox: Macallan 12
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Today I take my last pour of Macallan 12 year old scotch.  It was the first single malt I ever had and I to be honest I probably didn't really start to appreciate it until half way through the bottle and the sampling of more whisky.  It follows to me a similar taste to bourbons in that it is more mellow than the Islay or other island scotches which seem unrefined and brash and hit your nose way over the bottle.  The 12 year old is more mellow, reminding me vaguely of a higher end single batch bourbon, maybe a Baker's or Knob Creek.  Before I don't know if I could pick out the sweetness of this, the faint hint of apples and honey on the nose and its more mellowness.  It isn't so much a punch in the mouth scotches which I prefer but I now appreciate the difference. 

No one would appreciate the strength, smoke and peat found in Ardbeg, Laphroaig or Lagavulin.  For a starter scotch it was a gentle caress into what could have been something that turned me off right away had I ventured right into the deep end.  I am sad to see it and go and will surely enjoy this last pour as slowly as I can, perhaps moving up to the Macallan Fine Oak series or into the higher aged regular barrels.  Even though it will not be my scotch of choice I have come to realize that there is a certainly a time and place where the gentle warmth and mellowness is what I need. 

Originally posted on tjduhamel.vox.com


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