Country: Scotland - Speyside
Distillery: The Macallan
Type: Single Malt
Cask: European & American Oaks
Nose: A strong nose with caramel, liquorice, dried fruits are first noticed aromas. Green coffee beans, ginger, apple peal and oaky vanilla creates a rich and bold profile.
Palate: Sweet start turns into ginger, clove and pepper creating a spicy character. Raisins and citrus develop through the palate and diminish in a stemmy vegetal way.
Finish: Warm, lingering and long. Almost like a well aged cognac. Slow, delicious and charismatic.
The Macallan Edition No 2 is a collaboration between the Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno and the Roca Brothers from El Celler De Can Roca, twice voted best restaurant in the world.
7 different casks were used to create this amber treasure which were origined from four different bodegas. Bob Dalgarno selected the Tevasa Casks introducing the intense dried fruit and sherry notes. The sommelier Josep Roca chose the Jose Miguel Martin casks showing the dominant ginger note through out the experience. Pastry chef Jordi Roca chose the Vasyma American oak casks creating the light vanilla and citrus notes. The head chef Joan Roca chose the Diego Martin casks showing the toffee and green woods aromas.
Resulting spirit is really hard to tell on the first sniff and puff. It is bold, complex, rich, alive but dark. So many feelings, so many flavors can be felt during tasting. This one is not a regular Macallan that you love but also one that you have to think on its character.
I will definitely finish this bottle within a long time. The Macallan Edition No 2 needs company, fellow friends, fun talks and most importantly slow time. As I wrote in my notes. This whisky shows it qualities slowly, in time.
So take your time and try it.
It has been three years I wrote the tasting notes above. I still have the same opinion on this whisky and actually just more. Though the value for the Edition Series was so inflated over that time, Edition 1 and 2 became extremely over priced. Edition 3 was a disaster for me, I could never like it. Edition 4 and 5 survived the quality test by the critics but they are not considered as superior as this bottle.
In the last three years Macallan Edition No 2 and Macallan Classic Cut 2017 Edition stayed as the last two Macallan bottles I enjoyed buying from the market.