Whisky Review: Macallan Edition No. 2

Last year Macallan released the first in a new limited edition series — Edition No. 1 (a rather uninspired name, but it gets the job done I suppose). Recently they came out with the second in the series, Edition No. 2. Unlike a lot of Macallan limited edition releases, this series is actually relatively affordable (although certainly not bargain priced). The Edition No. 2 is a collaboration between Macallan and some folks that run a restaurant called El Celler de Can Roca, which is apparently one of the best restaurants in the world. This malt was aged in a combination of American and European oak, mostly from ex-sherry casks, and bottled at 48.2% ABV, which is a nice strength for Macallan, especially compared to the 43% of their standard range.

Type: Single Malt Scotch
ABV: 48.2%
Region: Speyside
Price: $99

Nose: Mixed berries. Sherry oak. Chocolate mousse. Whipped cream. Walnuts. Ginger. A drop of water brings out even more of the light chocolate and cream.

Palate: Chocolate. Dark fruits. Nuts and honey. Ginger. A touch of baking spices.
Mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy.

Finish: Amaretto. A little spicy. Cinnamon. Clove. Nutmeg. Medium to long in length.

Overall: A very nice sherried malt. Similar to the Edition No. 1, but a little sweeter and richer, and, in my opinion, better. Definitely a step up from current bottlings of the Macallan 12 year. The nose is particularly nice, but there’s no major weak point. An all around enjoyable whisky.

Value: A bit pricey, but pretty much in line with the pricing of other heavily sherried whiskies these days.

Score: 87/100

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