Review #875 – The Macallan Edition No. 4

Review #875 | /r/Scotch Review #294 – The Macallan Edition 4

The Schtick: This is the fourth, and most recent (at the time of this writing), release from The Macallan in their Edition line of expressions.

“A unique selection of oak cask styles are combined to yield a new limited edition expression each year. Edition No. 4 embodies the craftsmanship and pioneering design of the new Macallan Distillery and demonstrates the mastery of whisky making on the estate since 1824.

The fourth release in this innovative annual Series, Edition No.4 embodies the craftsmanship and pioneering design of the new Macallan Distillery and demonstrates the mastery of whisky making since 1824. As we enter an exciting new era, this limited edition marks the coming together of our history and new horizons in the creation of two structural masterpieces: a remarkable whisky and a magnificent new distillery.

Like preceding releases, transparency prevails in Edition No.4 as it continues to explore our approach to whisky making, showcasing the skills of our whisky makers and revealing the specific role of oak casks in the creation of the Macallan. With each cask bringing different dimensions and imparting its own influence, this single malt delivers surprising aromas and character. Crafted from a combination of European and American oak casks, Edition No.4 presents a zesty, vibrant and invigorating single malt of rounded honey, sweet toffee and citrus fruits. This is a distinctive whisky that pushes the boundaries of our innovation, reflecting the passion, traditions and craftsmanship that goes into the art of the perfect cask selection.”

Blah blah blah, let’s get to the whiskey. It really impresses me how little Macallan can say in so many words, but I guess that’s why marketing departments exist, anyways. In other news, the Craft Whiskey Crackdown will resume tomorrow, but in the meantime, check out my write up of Privateer Rum.


Distiller: The Macallan

Bottler: The Macallan

ABV: 48.4% ABV

Age: NAS


Nose: Honey, rich oak. Tobacco. Musty and sweet. Really complex so far. Lots of stewed fruits, dense, complex sherry. Fig, dates, nutmeg and toffee. Plums, caramel and syrup.

Taste: Thick, rich. No heat. Sweet plum wine, stewed fruits like cherry, currants, blackberry. Caramel, toffee, some tobacco. Nice oak body, light pepper.

Finish: Long, mild heat. Dry oak, some pepper. Little bit of sulfur. Some significant cocoa.

Overall: I really like this release and embrace the mustier / older feeling sherry influence. It reminds me a lot of a cocoa forward GlenDronach 18. The proof really helps, also.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


Other Releases from The Macallan I Have Reviewed:


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