The Macallan Edition No. 3
The Macallan // Highlands, Scotland
As the name suggests, this is the third installment in the Edition series. Released in September 2017, this single malt is a collaboration between The Macallan's master whisky maker, Bob Dalgarno and master perfumer, Roja Dove. Oak is the focus here and a high proportion of smaller oak casks were used to highlight distinctive aromas Dove found in particular casks. A combination of European and American oak refill casks were used as well as former bourbon barrels. This no-age statement release is bottled at 48.3% ABV with 250,000 bottles available globally.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask TypeEuropean and American oak refill casks and former bourbon barrels
"Like any good perfume this whisky’s bouquet is a bit beguiling and invites more intimate attention. Brandied fruits and spiced chocolate at first but there’s a lot more behind this. Dried flowers, Madagascar vanilla, malt loaf, and Confectioners' sugar. This is all quite delicate so don’t get too close so you can pick up all the nuances. The palate isn’t quite as dainty. Dark chocolate, dry malt, dark honey, and more brandied fruits. The finish is light and savory with wet pipe tobacco, a dose of barrel spice, and pipe smoke. Deft use of these barrels has made something teasing but a little bit lovely too."