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Grangestone 12 vs Macallan 12: Head to Head!

Discover the differences between Grangestone 12 vs Macallan 12 in this head to head comparison and decide which Single Malt is better for You!

Grangestone 12

NoseAlcohol, vanilla, oak
PalateSherry, honey, caramel, vanilla
FinishClove, oak spice
Alcohol content80 proof (40% ABV)
How to drinkRocks
Similar toGlenlivet 12, Glenfiddich 12

The nose brings a whiff of alcohol at first that gives way to vanilla and a tad of oak.

On the palate, the Grangestone feels a bit thin lacking in body. First sip is smooth and sweet, with hints of sherry, honey, caramel and vanilla.

The finish is short, with very little to no warmth with a hint of clove which is not much of my liking and a subtle touch of oak spice.

Adding water does very little to it as flavor and aroma remains the same.

Grangestone is completely unremarkable with nothing to write home about.

This malt is completely inoffensive, with muted flavors making a good option for those looking for a super smooth and affordable Scotch to make easy drinking cocktails.

Far from being a top Scotch but works well when mixed with soda and can deliver a decent Rob Roy or any Scotch Whisky mixed drink.

Grangestone 12 facts:

  • The whisky is crafted at a mistyrious distillery in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Grangestone is blended and bottled in Surrey, England.
  • This brand is owned by William Grant & Sons who produces Balvenie and Glenfiddich.
  • Aged for 12 years in traditional oak casks.

Macallan 12

NoseSherry, dried fruit, oak
PalateOak, baking spice, chocolate
FinishLong, oak, baking spice
Alcohol content86 proof (43% ABV)
How to drinkAdd water
Similar toYamazaki 12, Aberfeldy 12

Double Cask means that this whisky is aged in both sherry and American oak barrels.

The nose is sweet, rich in sherry, dried fruit and oak.

On the palate, the Double Cask kicks-off with a blast of oak, followed by bitter chocolate, sherry and a bit of citrus. There is just a bit of warmth yet from the pleasant type as it’s not burny.

The finish is long, with more oak to it, rich in dried fruit and a tad of spice.

The Double Cask is rich in flavors, not too sweet, with a faint note of chocolate, a trace of spice, with a bit of warmth at the end and a noticeable oaky note making it a satisfying dram as it goes down nicely.

Overall, the Macallan 12 serves as an introductory release to sherry cask matured Scotch before going for the sherry-bombs (Glenallachie, GlenDronach), although the deep oaky note can be overwhelming to those new to whisky.

Adding a splash of water will tune-down the oak and the warmth making it easier to drink. I would not use the Double Cask as a mixer due to its price.

Macallan 12 Double Cask facts:

  • Macallan is aged for 12 years using a combination of American and European oak casks seasoned with sherry wine from Spain.
  • Earned Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2017.
  • Gold Medal & 95 points rating from the International Review of Spirits Tasting in 2017.
  • The Macallan Distillery was founded in 1824 and is located in Craigellachie, Moray.
  • Macallan does not use caramel-coloring to make the whisky look more appealing, this practice is allowed under the set of rules that govern Scotch whisky but Macallan refrains from such questionable practice.
  • Macallan is a Speyside Whisky, the most densely populated Whisky region in the world. Speyside whiskies are known for being low in peat and full of fruit and are commonly matured in Sherry casks.

Grangestone vs Macallan: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

Grangestone 12$38
Glenfiddich 12$80

Grangestone 12 vs Macallan 12: Which is better?

Macallan belongs to a different category

WhiskeyGrangestone 12Macallan 12
  • Macallan is elite and one of the best 12 year malts with a rich and complex flavor profile but better suited to a well-traveled aficionado capable of handling a whisky with strong oak flavor.
  • Grangestone is a super basic release made for those new to whisky or for those who want a whisky to make cocktails.
  • Macallan is a whisky for grown-ups while the Grangestone is made for rookies.