Review #872 – The Macallan Edition No. 3

Review #872 | /r/Scotch Review #293 – The Macallan Edition 3

The Schtick: This is The Macallan’s third release in their Edition line of expressions.

“A unique selection of oak cask styles are combined to yield a new limited edition expression each year. Like preceding releases, Edition No.3 is an exploration into our approach to whisky making, exposing the detail of its creation, and offering true transparency.” – The Macallan Website

Full transparency….interesting.

“Inspiration and innovation lie at the heart of The Macallan and nowhere is this more evident than in The Edition Series. Edition No. 3 brings to life the flavor experience of The Macallan through aroma, calling on Master Perfumer Roja Dove’s remarkable sensory knowledge and expert sense of smell to create the third unique expression in the series. Borne of two art forms, Edition No. 3 unites the worlds of whisky and aroma to reveal the complexities of single malt character and the power of the senses in creating and experiencing The Macallan. When we experience and enjoy whisky, the power of aroma is unquestionable – and it is this power that makes the approach to Edition No. 3 truly mesmerizing.” – The Macallan Website

Distiller: The Macallan

Bottler: The Macallan

ABV: 48.3% ABV

Age: NAS

Nose: Very fruity compared to the first two edition, so far. Vanilla cream, apples, pears, stewed fruits but more effervescent. Less tobacco here, very little oak.

Taste: Sulfur, sweet vanilla. Some caramel and toffee. Oak reappears, light pepper, some faint tobacco. Mild astringency, but nothing like Edition 1. Overall it’s nice and sweet, mostly caramel and toffee, with faint sherry and a mild oak body.

Finish: Long, sweet, but peppery. Some heat here. Oak reappears. Feels a little disjointed, but not fatally so. Admittedly a very rich finish.

Overall: I liked this as much as Edition 2, and a hair more than Edition 1. There was a little astringency in the palate, but the nose was really quite nice.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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