Generously_Paul

The Macallan Edition No. 2

Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

Tasted
4.25
4.25 out of 5 stars
I fully admit that I’m late to the game with regards to the Macallan Edition series, but better late than never, right? I’m sure everyone knows by now that the Edition series is an annual, experimental line from Macallan that was meant to push their own boundaries of cask blending, sometimes in collaboration with outside sources. Edition No. 2 was bottled at 48.2% ABV and is natural color of a dark amber/copper and from what I can gather is non chill filtered. This sample brought to you by the letter L, for @LeeEvolved Dark, thick and rich sherry on the nose. Sweet and savory. Caramel and toffee, chocolate and vanilla. Orange oil, chocolate oranges and sherried oak. Raisins, craisins, raspberries, prunes, plums, fruitcake. Apricots and figs, a bit of nutmeg and a hint of clove. Quite nutty, pecans mostly with some walnuts and a little almond. A touch of black cherries, more citrus/zest, caramel apples and light pears after some time in the glass. Slightly floral with honeysuckle and honey. Strange as it may sound I got some grape flavored hard candy and grape bubblegum as well. The palate is heavy with orange peel and oak up front with apricots and figs following quickly after. Tobacco, molasses, dark sherry and brown sugar. Some spice to it, but more of a wood spice than a pepper spice, though there is a bit of a pepper kick to it. Ginger, nutmeg, fruitcake or spice cake. Chocolate, vanilla, creamy, dark caramel. That weird grape candy taste showed up on the palate as well, but more of a Concord grape than candy. A medium bodied mouthfeel that is tongue coating and dry. The finish is medium long with orange peel, chocolate, wood spice, overripe pears, a bit tannic and very dry. Not the best Macallan I’ve ever had, but not the worst either. Honestly as far as Macallan goes, the retail price is not that bad for what you get at $90-100. Still more than it’s really worth in my opinion though. It’s a classic Macallan sherry profile with a couple curveballs thrown in there. I enjoyed it, but the overly dry mouthfeel and finish would keep me from coming back to this one. 4.25 Cheers
  • Rick_M

    @Scott_E - well done!

  • Scott_E

    @Rick_M Fall of 2018. Stumbled on at a liquor store away from my home state. I always peruse to see what may be available local to the state that I don’t readily find in my home state. $99 plus tax out the door.

  • Rick_M

    @Scott_E - how long ago?

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @Scott_E that’s one of those stories I’ll never forget. Find of the decade

  • Scott_E

    @PBMichiganWolverine I did. Right place. Right time. Probably my last lucky find.

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @Rick_M unless you’re @Scott_E and fall ass backwards into a Macallan No1 that’s priced $99.

  • Rick_M

    @Generously_Paul - yes, edition no 1 would be quite a find, but close to impossible at this point.

  • Generously_Paul

    @Rick_M Edition 1 is the one you want to look out for. They are still going for roughly $800 on the secondary market. The Macallan collectors are fervent in the quest for the complete set

  • Rick_M

    I was happy to get this for $100 a few months back. Whiskey Searcher now shows this only available for $250 to $500 nationwide. Keep an eye out for this orange box because I’m sure there’s still a few out there at retail.