SMWS ‘A Party In Your Mouth’ Macallan 12yo 63.7% ABV

SMWS A Party In Your Mouth

This Macallan was distilled on the 13th of October 2008 and bottled 12 years later in 2021. It is one of only 332 bottles. Matured initially in Ex-Oloroso Sherry Butts it was later transferred into a 1st fill Hogshead.

Appearance: Dark ruby/oak. An oozy film quickly becomes corrugated with medium to thick trails. Some droplets form soon after, sticking firmly to the inside of the glass.

Nose: Plenty of cherry in syrup and other bourbon notes, along with a distant BBQ smoke, as if some meat has fallen into the ashes and is slowly smouldering away.
Baking spices, stewed orchard fruit pie and custard appear next.
Some more intense fruit jam notes emerge as the dram matures.

Palate: A pleasing mouthfeel with plenty of viscosity. Some heavy ABV spice notes and a hit of concentrated cherry sweetness appear quickly.
There’s a touch of cloying from the second sip.
Caramel, milk chocolate and black pepper appear soon after the initial spice and sweet hit.

Finish: The spice and cherry syrup sweetness lasts the longest. The spice heat almost grows to a chilli tingling.

Overall: Very nice, intense and bold dram. I’m not a Macallan fan but this is very nice indeed.

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