Whisky Focus - The Macallan Edition No.3 Review

The Macallan Edition No.3

17th October 2017
The Macallan Edition No.3, a collaboration between The Macallanís Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno and Master Perfumer, Roja Dove.

Introducing the The Macallan Edition No.3, I have been a little slow bringing this latest Edition to your attention but given the quality of the first two releases, Edition No. 1 & the outstanding Edition No. 2 in the Edition series I thought I would give it a slightly belated mention for those who haven't yet spotted it on the shelves of the whisky shops.

Each year, a unique selection of casks is selected to create a new Edition and each new Edition is co-created with different partners. This third release in the Edition Series is a collaboration between The Macallanís Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno and Master Perfumer, Roja Dove uniting the worlds of whisky and aroma to reveal the complexities of single malt character.

Macallan Edition No.3 has been created from a combination of European and American oak casks.

The 6 types of casks that were combined to create The Macallan No.3 are:
  • 1st Fill American Hudosa Butts, contributing notes of fresh cut oak, citrus.
  • Refill European/American Butts, contributing notes of dry, floral & vanilla.
  • 1st Fill European Tevasa Butts/Puncheons, contributing notes of rich fruit cake.
  • 1st Fill American Bourbon Hogsheads, contributing notes of sweet, crisp green apple.
  • 1st Fill European Tevasa Hogsheads, contributing notes of orange, burnished oak.
  • 1st Fill American Bourbon Barrels, contributing notes of vanilla ice cream, light spice.

The Macallan say that oak casks are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colours and distinctive aromas and flavours of The Macallan and the use of a higher proportion of smaller casks in Edition No.3 increased the contact between the spirit and the wood, which they say delivers an intense experience of flavour and aroma.

Bob Dalgarno, The Macallanís Master Whisky Maker, said: "Inspiration and innovation lie at the heart of The Macallan and in Edition No.3 we have collaborated with one of the worldís most respected aroma experts to create a single malt whisky which pushes the boundaries and challenges convention."

Roja Dove, Master Perfumer, added: "On the surface it would seem that Bob and I came from disparate worlds. From the beginning it was obvious we shared much in common which we have explored and developed in many different ways. The inevitable culmination of this collaboration was the creation of Edition No.3. We have worked together to master the balance of taste and aroma, resulting in an incredibly flavoursome, fresh and citrus whisky with enveloping sweetness. Edition No.3 is an exceptional example of the whisky makerís art, where Bob has interpreted my thoughts so accurately, when combined with the extraordinary power of scent."

Bottled at 48.3% ABV, The Macallan Edition No. 3 has a RRP of £78 and will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange

The Macallan Edition No. 3 Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Reminiscent of a fine fragrance, the nose leads with vanilla ice cream, fresh cut oak and delicate florals. Orange oil provides subtle grandeur while ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg flit in and out. Vanilla imparts sweetness, leading citrus fruits forward then allowing chocolate to show. Burnished oak delivers a soft ending.

Taste: A sensory journey of flavour and aroma intimately entwined, the palate is sweet fruit and vanilla and rich fruit cake with suggestions of apricot, pear and crisp green apple. Hints of ginger and cinnamon are balanced with a light resinous oak finale.

Finish: The finish is long, sweet and fruity, leaving a lasting impression on the senses.

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