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Macallan Edition No.2

Macallan Edition No.2

Macallan Edition No.2.

Having already released half a dozen great bottles this year—some costing thousands of dollars—Macallan isn’t lacking momentum.

But the latest addition to the collection, Macallan Edition No. 4, proves they still have some affordable treats up their sleeve.

There are some cooked-up-in-marketing-meeting stories associated with every bottle, but all you really need to know is that when you see “Edition” and a number on a Macallan bottle, it’s going to be fairly priced and damn good.

With No. 4, they’ve really hit the mark.

Sequels are rarely better than the originals, in part because they try and repeat the successes without being brave enough to push things in a new direction.

But with Edition No. 4, Macallan has somehow gotten closer to the source material of what made most of us fall in love with their whisky in the first place.

macallan edition no 2

Having already released half a dozen great bottles this year—some costing thousands of dollars—Macallan isn’t lacking momentum.

But the latest addition to the collection, Macallan Edition No. 4, proves they still have some affordable treats up their sleeve.

The “Edition” series is a loose collection of bottles associated with two themes: no age statement and prices around $100.

There are some cooked-up-in-marketing-meeting stories associated with every bottle, but all you really need to know is that when you see “Edition” and a number on a Macallan bottle, it’s going to be fairly priced and damn good. With No. 4, they’ve really hit the mark.

Sequels are rarely better than the originals, in part because they try and repeat the successes without being brave enough to push things in a new direction. But with Edition No. 4, Macallan has somehow gotten closer to the source material of what made most of us fall in love with their whisky in the first place.

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When we first tasted Edition No. 1 a few years ago, there was a bit of controversy because, in a staggering bit of transparency, Macallan shared the total breakdown of every cask type used in their whisky.

The only thing they didn’t include in the marketing materials? Age statements.

They did however, share them with us: You can read about it here.

The information gleaned from that interview (and from tasting the whisky) proved two things to us: 1) whisky blending is a true art form and 2) age statements don’t necessarily matter.

The Edition series is one of the best examples of what scotch distillers can do without having to put a number on the bottle.

Now, as for the launch of Edition No. 4, there’s a loose backstory about how the structure of this whisky is meant as a celebration of the brand’s recently completed construction project.

Macallan is using this release as an opportunity to talk about their newly renovated and reopened distillery (and its significantly increased capacity).

The company is making big pushes to bring attention to its visitor experience; and the increased capacity should help them catch up with current demand levels.

But, with respect to Macallan, it’s a bit of a stretch. Best to let the whisky speak for itself.

So we’ll do just that. No.4.

We picked up aromas of golden raisins, baked honeycomb, cherries, and toffee. On the palate, vanilla, fruitcake, butterscotch, and candied orange.

This one—maybe more so than the last three iterations—is really nice to sip. It’s lively, but not overaged.

We’re not told how many years No. 4 rested before bottling, but the blend appears to be in the mid-to-late-teens from what we can tell. And that’s an amazing sweet spot for Macallan, especially for a final blend made entirely of sherry-seasoned American and European oak barrels.

Bottles like this could curb age statements for good. And, at a price point of $100, it won’t tip you into bankruptcy either.

In October 2016, The Macallan presented Spain with their latest collaboration in one of the best restaurants in the world: El Celler de Can Roca. Continuing with their passion for the influence of wood in whisky making, The Macallan asked the three brothers & chefs to choose some casks with Bob Dalgarno, Master Whisky Maker at The Macallan, for a new expression.

This new single malt, The Macallan Edition No.2, is the sequel following The Macallan Edition No. 1. With both expressions, The Macallan set out to educate consumers by showing them wood relevance in whisky-making.

The Macallan Edition No.2 is the combination of seven casks that came from Spanish cellars. Dalgarno selected a butt cask from Tevasa, made of European; Joan Roca selected a 1st fill European Oak butt and a 2nd fill American Oak hogshead, both from Diego Martín cellar;  Josep Roca chose two 1st fill European Oak casks from José Miguel Martín, a puncheon and a hogshead. Finally, Jordi Roca selected a 1st fill American Oak butt and a 2nd fill American Oak puncheon, both from Vasyma.

The Scotch

The Macallan Edition No. 2, bottled at 48.2% abv, is a dark scotch. Its darkened honey coloring shows, in particular, the influence of the Spanish casks.

On the nose, I found wood and sweet notes, like vanilla and forest fruits. There were also some gentle notes of coffee, honey and citrus, that come stronger when adding some water.

With a medium oily body, on the palate, there was strong wood and vanilla. Surprisingly, there are not the expected heavy sherry notes, a classic of The Macallan. This expression highlights its sweet notes, like honey and caramel. It’s a little bit spicy, with some gentle hints of pears and grass.

The finish is really long, leaving behind the wood notes and focusing on the fruitier side of the dram. There are also little hints of cinnamon.

It’s a great and surprising dram from The Macallan. Even though there’s some wood, when opened with water you get a nice fruity and sweet dram with a wonderful finish.

The Price

The Macallan Edition No. 2  is available worldwide in limited quantities. In the UK it’s retailed around £75, with higher prices in the rest of Europe (€80 to €90). In the U. S., it is retailing from $100 to $120.

 

 

 

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