The second release for The Macallan’s Edition Series, No.2, is a very special malt. Not only does it display an attractive orange label to match the expression’s dark golden color, but it’s also a unique collaboration between The Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno and the Roca brothers, from the acclaimed 3-Michelin starred restaurant El Celler de Can Roca, in Spain. Four different casks, both American and European, gives this expression a layered bouquet infused with creativity.
The very charming aromas of raw sugar, candied ginger, and toffee complement a rich malt of sultanas and caramelized figs over a thick layer of oaky vanilla. It’s the diverse cask combination adding complementing aromas that evolve in the glass.
Palate-coating and concentrated, this rich malt has a sophisticated mouthfeel infused with dried fruits, molasses, and toffee adorned with spices, ginger, and vanilla in a very appealing ensemble as balanced as the Roca brother’s cuisine.
A clean yet heavy finish reminds you of warm spices and roasted almonds, leaving a very long aftertaste that invites you to take another sip. A special dram indeed suitable for fine dining scenarios.
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The creative and inventive combination of refill hogsheads, sherry butts, and puncheons, each selected by one of the four creative minds behind this malt, makes it a complete surprise, not your ordinary Macallan, but a bolder expression. Josep, Joan, and Jordi Roca really put their thoughts into this blend, making No. 2 perhaps the most collectible label on The Macallan’s Edition Series.
Other Macallan expressions to try
The Macallan Enigma, the finest expression of the distillery’s quest Collection, shares a similar flavor profile with Edition No. 2, bringing forward dried fruits, ginger, and caramel notes. These balanced expressions are crowd-pleasing and approachable, yet exclusive and definitely contemplative.