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Tasting Notes: The Macallan Edition No. 1

The first of its kind, the new limited edition whisky will explore new expressions each year.

Apr 06, 2016 | By Vimi Haridasan

One can never go wrong with The Macallan, as far as Speyside scotch is concerned, as we discovered with the Edition No. 1. Even with what it calls an unconventional take (there’s no age statement), the Edition No. 1 makes its mark in The Macallan family as a new classic. The single malt whisky is the first of a brand new limited edition that will be released annually — hence the name No. 1. At a private tasting session at the Black Swan, we were given an opportunity to learn more about the new whisky and how it was made.

Responsible for sourcing suppliers is The Macallan’s own Master of Wood Stuart Macpherson. Using wood from reputable suppliers such as Tevasa, Vasyma, Hudosa and Jose Y Miguel, the casks infuse the whisky with flavor and character. Even the sweet honey color is attributed to the cask rather than artificial caramel coloring.

The next step in crafting the limited edition whisky falls to Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno, who uses eight distinct casks to make the perfect mix. The 500 liter Puncheons, 250 liter Hosgheads and 500 liter Butts contribute 19%, 23% and 58% to the Edition No.1 respectively. Due to its strong flavor, the Gonzalez Byass Butts is used simply for seasoning.

The result is an aroma of orange, dried fruit and apple that comes from The Macallan orchard with a veil of vanilla, toffee and chocolate under oak. The palate is treated to nutmeg; cinnamon, fried ginger and toffee while fruit flavors make an appearance later. Bottled at strength of 48%, it may be strong for some but packs a rich flavor that gives way to a soft lingering finish.

The Macallan Edition No.1 retails for S$190 before GST. For more information, visit The Macallan’s official website.

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