The Schtick: I have previously reviewed one of the Macallan Editions (Edition #2) but decided that a side by side of all of the editions to date would be more fulfilling (and also more fun). This is the first of the Macallan Edition releases: Edition 1.
“A unique selection of oak cask styles are combined to yield a new limited edition expression each year. In this first release, a taste journey begins with soft oak notes and evolves to deeper, richer flavors.
The Macallan Edition No. 1 is the debut expression in the Edition Series. It celebrates The Macallan’s unparalleled oak cask management policy that oversees the entire process from wood sourcing to finished, seasoned, cask. Showcasing the influence of The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks in the flavour of the whisky, the result is a bold single malt drawn from eight of the finest European and American oak cask styles and sizes.
Distiller: The Macallan
Bottler: The Macallan
ABV: 48% ABV
Nose: Musty tobacco, sweet bread-y cake. Sherry, pungent syrupy raisins. Vanilla bean. Really rich, lots of depth, but all sweet + bread-y. No spice, or overbearing oak.
Taste: Medium mouth feel. No heat. Some bitterness. Sweet sherry, mostly reminiscent of PX sherry. Raisin bread. Interesting plastic note. Figs, syrupy date fruit, vanilla cream, leather and tobacco.
Finish: Medium length, some growing heat here. Growing more spicy / musty. Lots of pepper, tobacco, rich oak tannins. Faint sherry sweetness, but much diminished compared to the nose.
Overall: I enjoyed this but could have done without the plastic-y astringency on the palate. The evolution from nose to finish was fascinating but I ultimately found it to head in a direction that didn’t pair well with the plastic notes and a lack of sherry in the finish.
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