Hot! THE Macallan Edition No. 4: A True Celebration Of Macallan’s Heritage

The Macallan Edition No. 4 (c) The Macallan SG

CONTENT: Yiew Kai Jie

The Macallan has unveiled The Edition No. 4 – the fourth release in the innovative Edition Series that embodies the craftsmanship and pioneering design of the new Macallan Distillery and demonstrates the mastery of whisky making on the estate since 1824.

Edition No. 4 explores Macallan’s whisky making process that exposes the detail of its creation for true transparency. It continues the diverse story of The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks and the skill behind the perfect cask selection to reveal the flavour, aroma and character of the whisky.

While Edition No. 1 and Edition No. 2 highlighted the influence each cask has on the taste and flavour of the whisky and Edition No.3 provided an insight into the spicy aromas, Edition No. 4 reveals the structure of the whisky, drawing parallels on how The Macallan Distillery was constructed and showcasing the lengths The Macallan goes to when creating single malt whiskies.

This limited edition whisky has been shaped by the use of exceptional oak casks, which are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colours and distinctive aromas and flavours of The Macallan. The Master Distiller has handpicked casks to reflect a modern flavour profile while staying true to The Macallan sherry seasoned oak casks maturation.

The Macallan Edition No. 4 Box and Bottle (1)

The meticulous attention to detail and quality in the oak cask selection brings different dimensions as each cask imparts its own influence to the whisky, delivering surprising aromas and character. Crafted from a combination of European and American oak casks, Edition No.4 presents a zesty, vibrant and invigorating single malt that brings to the fore notes of rounded honey, sweet toffee and citrus fruits.

Taking inspiration from the structure of the new distillery, Edition No.4 exposes the role of each cask in the making of the whisky. European oak sherry-seasoned casks from Tevasa provide the foundation, contributing rich notes of dried fruit and delivering a layer of wood spices and root ginger, while European oak sherry-seasoned casks from Jose Miguel Martin and Diego Martin Rosado shape the form of the whisky, offering notes of dried fruit, dates and figs.

American oak sherry-seasoned casks from Vasyma balance the structure, imparting vanilla, toffee’s and butterscotch and the capstone which completes the composition is represented through refill sherry-seasoned oak casks, bringing the bright, lively character of citrus fruits.

Nick Savage,The Macallan Master Distiller, said:“Edition No.4 is a celebration of The Macallan’s whisky making heritage as we enter an exciting new era, marking the coming together of our history and new horizons in the creation of two structural masterpieces: a remarkable whisky and a magnificent new distillery. This is a truly spectacular single malt, delivering a rounded honey and sweet toffee aroma and an intense burst of nutmeg with wood spices on the palate. A powerful and invigorating mouth feel, as if standing on top of the new distillery roof in the Speyside breeze. A combination of carefully selected sherry-seasoned oak casks brings out unique refreshing qualities and delivers an unforgettable whisky experience.”

The Macallan Edition No. 4 (1)

The new Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience captures the care, passion and superior craftsmanship that goes into every bottle of The Macallan. This extraordinary brand home pays tribute to the traditions of the whisky and its natural Speyside environment. With an ABV of 48.4% and a natural colour of burnished copper, Edition No.4 is a distinct whisky that pushes the boundaries of innovation and reflects the passion, traditions and craftsmanship that goes into the art of the perfect cask selection.

Tasting Notes:
Colour: Burnished copper
Nose: Bold and rounded honey with a sweet toffee apple note. Orange zest follows a
background of ginger and nutmeg. Robust, polished matured oak comes at the end in contrast to the subtle green wood and floral undertones.
Palate: Nutmeg with wood spices and green cloves open up immediately, with a calm following the intense beginnings, leaving a sweet and vanilla viscous mouth coating.
Finish: Fruity with oaky sweetness, long and lasting.

The Edition Series has been garnering a lot of attention both at home and abroad as many whisky affiendios and collectors are scrambling to purchase the last few bottles that are left on the market. The supply is dwindling rather quickly and prices are skyrocketing out of control. The Macallan Edition No.1 only cost around S$130 when it first came out in 2016- now a single bottle is worth approximately S$700 on various online websites and auction sites. As the popularity of the Edition Series grows, one can definitely expect the value of each edition to increase over time, so consider purchasing two bottles of the Edition No.4 today- one to drink at one’s leisure, the other to keep and grow as an asset over time.

The Macallan Edition No. 4 is priced at S$195.00 and is available at The Macallan Boutique at 1855 and selected retailers from August 2018.

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