First Impression: The Macallan Edition No. 2

[48.2%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

A dense delivery of diverse flavours, on one hand there is the depth carved out by the Spanish oak, the weight from the leather and tobacco and the richness of dried fruits; on another there are the lighter notes of lemon, vanilla and ginger.  The heaviness of the Macallan spirit is in play here but amidst the intriguing mix of notes lies a dose of beefy broth.

Palate & Finish:

A modern Mac that is on the sweet side, good vibes from the poached fruits, a lift in acidity from the Chinese style dried lemon preserves as the wood starts to cast its shadow.   The American oak seems to help keep the evenness before being overtaken by the tannins.

Chocolate toffee and toasted granola, charred orange with the tannins working overtime giving it a dry finish.

Thoughts:

Quite a flavoursome Mac, I suspect this would go really well with some hearty Hungarian or old school Cantonese cuisines.

P.S. Cheers Macallan, Mr. Hutchins-Read and Spirits Platform for the bottle, it’s much appreciated.

-Nicholas