Whisky Review: The Macallan Estate Reserve Ernie Button Limited Edition

Style: Rich and Sherry

Nose:

Started with red plums and prunes, sweet and around aroma. Plenty of chocolate sauce pursues from behind. Menthol, then we have digest biscuit and roasted malt to buffer the acidity. A few almond croissant and cookie dough dissonant hidden within, while subtle, graceful grassy and floral notes sitting deep at the core.

Palate:

Sweet red plums riding on a peppermint thread, while Black Forest cake, wood smoke and dry spices – clover, cinnamon and nutmeg all building up the dark fruit sweetness. Dark cherries, rum and raisin ice cream, tobacco leaves and caramel toffee sauce forming a deep body. Reverting back to almond croissants again, raw doughy touches here and there. Malt and roasted coffee beans at the back end.

Finish:

Malt slowly converges, then we have sine free-flowing crystallized grapes prancing exquisitely. Classy Macallan finish.

Thoughts:

A special edition of the Estate Reserve. Beautiful whisky glass “residue” art label, looks like a nebula cloud don’t you think? Not sure if it has been discontinued after the launch of the Quest Collection at duty free. Also, I wonder what casks would qualify for “Estate Reserve”? Anyway, in this whisky, we still have the Macallan formula, dark fruits sherry building around a lighter malt, smooth and silky at a good strength. Not without flaws, but overall a fine dram.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

[45.7% • Original Bottling • Circa 2016 • No Age Statement • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • Limited Edition]

-Esmond

P.S. If you want to find out more about Ernie Button’s work, here’s your link.