The second release from the Macallan Edition series is a collaboration between Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno and legendary Spanish chefs Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca (three brothers behind El Celler de Can Roca – named Best Restaurant in the World twice by Restaurant magazine).
Like Edition No 1, this is a mix of different coopers and cask types. This single malt was drawn from a combination of European and American oak casks. Nose: Full-blooded Macallan from the off, with the distillery’s signature earthy, almost singed element backed by liquorice, mulberry jam and some dried peach in the background. There’s a bittersweet lift, however, with stem ginger and orange marmalade. Water turns up the bass notes; all dark fruit.
Taste: It is those heavier fruit elements which open on the tongue, alongside some cask sweetness, which then expands into chocolate, clove and then light tannin with more overtly Sherried elements coming through. Sweetness has been retained, however, along with a dry, gingery heat. Water allows acidity to sparkle and brings out citrus and baked apples. Finish: Coffee and citrus peel.
Bottled at a healthy 48.2% ABV, Macallan Edition No.2 costs somewhere between £65-90 ($80-110).