Dram Review: The Macallan Edition No. 5

[48.5%・NAS・Bottled in 2019・ Official Bottling・Limited Release]


Aromas of raw walnuts, oily toffee fudge and milky vanilla custard churned together whilst there being a growing sense of a dusty leather briefcase. With time the toasted oak dominates with just a hint of varnish.

Palate & Finish:

Just a wee hint of savoury soy note to start and is soon diluted with flashes of dried dates. Steadies out with a sweet syrupy delivery that turns just a little bit creamy with sprinkles of blackcurrant compote.

Slightly peppery with the wood showing a slightly bitter side in the form of burnt caramel in the finish to balance out the sweetness of the earlier, still a touch of fig syrup in the background.


The purple was what the audience was mostly talking about at the launch. I suppose some will bring up the Gran Reserva; though judging from the crowd at the launch, most would agree that this serves as a fairly easy drop to get and like, especially for those who likes a fair bit of sweetness in their drams.

This collaboration with Pantone is a stunning marketing campaign. I am genuinely curious to see what’s to come next.

P.S. Thank you Trish for the invite to a stunning launch.


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