The Macallan debuts Edition No. 3By Nicola Carruthers
Edrington-owned The Macallan has collaborated with luxury perfumer Roja Dove to unveil Edition No. 3 – an aroma-focused single malt Scotch whisky.
The new limited edition expression is the third release in the Edition Series, a range of whiskies that focus on The Macallan’s commitment to wood.
While Edition No. 1 and Edition No. 2 highlighted the influence each cask has on the taste and flavour of the final whisky, Edition No. 3 provides an insight into the “distinctive aromas that combine to build character and depth”.
Dove teamed up with Macallan’s master distiller Bob Dalgarno to create the expression, which is made from a high proportion of smaller oak casks to increase the contact between the spirit and the wood, delivering an “intense experience” of flavour and aroma.
Crated from a combination of European and American oak casks, Edition No. 3 balances a heavier base derived from Tevasa casks and reflective of The Macallan character, with the “fresh cut oak and citrus” of Hudosa casks, the “vanilla ice cream” and “sweet, crisp green apple” flavours of Bourbon casks and the dry, “floral and vanilla” notes from European and American oak refill casks.
“Inspiration and innovation lie at the heart of The Macallan and in Edition No. 3 we have collaborated with one of the world’s most respected aroma experts to create a single malt whisky which pushes the boundaries and challenges convention,” said Dalgarno.
“The Edition Series provides the freedom to look beyond the cask styles typically used in other Macallan whiskies. There are great parallels between the worlds of whisky and perfume and it has been fascinating to work with Roja to explore the power of aroma in individual oak casks and its influence on the resulting whisky. Edition No. 3 is a remarkable journey of the senses, delivering an intense experience of flavour and aroma.”
Dove added: “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 maker’s 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 will be priced at an RRP of US$95.00.