ON THE WINGS OF A DOVE

SAVOUR Mas­ter per­fumer Roja Dove’s lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Ma­callan takes flight in the form of Edi­tion No. 3.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Savour - By RENYI LIM Edi­tion No. 3 photo RALPH DUNNING

For most of his life, Roja Dove - one of the world’s most sought-af­ter fra­grance ex­perts and noses - hated whisky. Af­ter get­ting hor­rif­i­cally drunk on it as a teenager, he re­solved never to touch it again, which would have been a great loss for the world of whisky, had it not been for The Ma­callan.

Fol­low­ing a 10-year col­lab­o­ra­tion with one of the world’s most ad­mired and awarded sin­gle-malt whiskies, they’ve reached what Dove calls “the in­evitable end­point”. A fas­ci­nat­ing ex­plo­ration of whisky and aroma, the un­veil­ing of The Ma­callan Edi­tion No. 3 re­veals the ex­tent to which The Ma­callan has been will­ing to push its bound­aries and chal­lenge con­ven­tion.

“For me, this was about smash­ing a stereo­type,” Dove ex­plains dur­ing the launch of Edi­tion No. 3 in Sin­ga­pore in mid-oc­to­ber. “I wanted this whisky to sur­prise peo­ple in the same way that The Ma­callan has shown me that whisky has an in­cred­i­ble di­ver­sity. It’s an in­cred­i­bly re­fined brand with enor­mous fi­nesse, so the emo­tion this whisky should evoke is one of sur­prise be­cause you keep dis­cov­er­ing el­e­ments you don’t ex­pect to find.”

De­spite its de­cep­tively light bar­ley-gold colour, Edi­tion No. 3 (from RM550, with an ABV of 48.3 per cent) is full of per­son­al­ity. Notes of vanilla, fresh-cut oak, del­i­cate flo­rals and rich fruit cake toy with the palate, along with stand­out aro­mas of but­tery tof­fee and warm, in­tense green ap­ple. “Ev­ery­one has re­marked that it is ‘so typ­i­cally Ma­callan, but to­tally un­like any Ma­callan we’ve drunk be­fore’,” Dove notes.

“They’ve also pointed out how ex­traor­di­nar­ily smooth and mul­ti­lay­ered it is: when you drink it, you think you taste

The Ma­callan Edi­tion No. 3 re­veals the ex­tent to which The Ma­callan has been will­ing to push its bound­aries and chal­lenge con­ven­tion.

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