scotchdrinker wrote:What are the 10 and the CS like compared to the 12?
I don't know about the current 10YO, but in days gone by, this was the one that first brought me to the delights of Macallan. If my memory serves me well, it was slightly rounder, less spirity and softer than the 12YO, and had a decidedly sweet (almost 'sticky') Sherry component... Not all that unlike the differences between the 10YO and 12YO Glenfarclas bottlings.
The CS is hotter around the edges, and here, the impact of the Sherry-seasoned oak takes on a more spicy and resin-like rather than a wine-like quality when compared to the standard 10YO and 12YO editions. Whereas I'm often perfectly content to consume most Aberlour a'bunadh releases at full strength, I find that the Macallan CS really performs much better with a drop of water to calm things down and open up the whisky.