This unique edition No. 5 was as well received as others in Macallan’s limited collection, designed to pay homage to natural colors coming from extensive oak aging; this malt is a statement against lesser products artificially colored. The partnership with the Pantone Color Institute adds to this malt an attractive and collectible brightly purple label, again adding importance to aged whiskey's actual colors.
Macallan Edition No. 5 is all about its color coming from a special barrel selection to highlight this trait. This translates on the nose as a wide variety of spices, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee, ginger, and distinctive black peppercorns. All layered and evolving in the glass in an authentic safari where you don’t know what to expect from the next sip.
The palate is multi-layered, and spice-infused overpowering the subtle malt flavors reminiscent of ripe peaches. Medium-bodied and not too concentrated, this is an aromatic malt for those who wish to explore the flavors coming from the world’s finest casks.
The finish is long and lean, particularly in the aftertaste infused with pickled ginger and black peppercorns with a slightly sweet undertone.
Sip or skip?
When it comes to selecting barrels, Macallan has over 200 years of experience, and they put it to fair use in this edition, selecting malts that bring forward the natural color and the spices brought to the table by the oak casks. Edition No.5 might be all about color, but it’s also all about oak spices. The vanilla, toffee, and spice flavors and aromas play the first fiddle making this edition ideal for those who want to learn more about whiskey's tertiary aromas.
Other Macallan expressions to Try
Although every special edition is unique, if you enjoy oak spices and extended aging, you might want to look Macallan’s double cask collection, mainly The Macallan Double Cask 15 Years Old. It has similar ginger, toffee, and vanilla aromatics, however, it’s fresher and more citrusy than Edition No. 5.