Earlier this year, Macallan launched a sparkly new line of limited edition whiskies called… The Edition Series, helpfully. Starting with the Edition No. 1, it was styled as Macallan’s attempt to show off its wood selection-and-management muscle.
This “discerning”, “master-of-the-craft” marketing gimmick is of course combined with a higher-than-normal ABV to get consumers to cough up for an untested, expensive NAS whisky. But in their defence, the Edition Series throws in a really healthy dose of transparency – each bottle has some welcome cask information right on the box.
I never had the opportunity to try the Edition No. 1, but was lucky enough to receive a (very) generous pour of the newly launched Edition No. 2 during a whisky tasting event. Seconds later, I knew I had to start making notes:
Dark red tinged with burnt orange, like the colour of the box it comes in.
Oh lordy lordy lord. RICH. Intense. And very fruity. Piles of sherry, but spicy and citrusy and salty… Not a sherry monster, but a blend beast. Glazed oranges. Mince pies – honestly, like fresh mince pies.
Grapefruit. Sherry. Spices. Something meaty – barbeque, spare ribs. Salt and pepper. Apricots. And those mince pies again – raisins, apples, ginger. Finally a buttery, bready taste at the back. Absolutely stunning. The finish is endless… and bursting with oranges. Bitter and sour.
My general Macallan skepticism has been shattered. I’m eating my words. Macallan can really make an absolutely fantastic, magical, exceptional whisky – and it’s called Edition No. 2. Good grief.
The only really bad thing I can say about it is there aren’t enough of these bottles to go around… which of course also means it comes at a pretty serious cost. However, at around the price of a typical 18-year-old single malt it isn’t out-of-the-question – not “everyday dram” territory, but certainly a special treat. Get some!