A Sen­sory Jour­ney of Dis­cov­ery

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The Ma­callan – the in­ter­na­tion­ally famed sin­gle malt whisky – has un­veiled a new lim­ited edi­tion whisky, its Edi­tion No. 3. The third re­lease in the in­no­va­tive Edi­tion Se­ries is a dy­namic and highly orig­i­nal col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Mas­ter Whisky Maker of The Ma­callan, Bob Dal­garno, and glob­ally ac­claimed Mas­ter Per­fumer, Roja Dove, unit­ing the worlds of whisky and aroma to re­veal the com­plex­i­ties of sin­gle malt char­ac­ter.

Continuing the di­verse story of the oak casks and ob­ses­sion with wood of The Ma­callan, the fo­cus has re­mained on the com­mit­ment in­tro­duced with Edi­tion No. 1 and Edi­tion No. 2 to un­lock the in­tri­cate work­ings of the whisky-mak­ing process. Edi­tion No. 3 ex­poses the de­tail of its cre­ation for true trans­parency, and show­cases the ab­so­lute skill of the Mas­ter Whisky Maker.

The Edi­tion se­ries of The Ma­callan be­gan in 2015 with Edi­tion No. 1, for which a unique se­lec­tion of oak casks was iden­ti­fied to yield a new Ma­callan ex­pres­sion. The se­ries was cre­ated to cel­e­brate the un­par­al­leled oak cask

man­age­ment pol­icy of The Ma­callan, that over­seas the en­tire process from oak sourc­ing to fin­ished, sea­soned casks. The Edi­tion No. 1 lim­ited edi­tion ex­pres­sion, launched in 2015 was ma­tured in eight dis­tinct Euro­pean and Amer­i­can oak cask styles, per­son­ally se­lected by Dal­garno, to cre­ate a rich and truly mul­ti­di­men­sional whisky. Last year, Edi­tion No. 2 was re­leased and con­tin­ued the story of the di­ver­sity of The Ma­callan oak casks and the ob­ses­sion with mas­tery of wood through a cre­ative part­ner­ship be­tween Dal­garno and the Roca broth­ers, chef­founders of Miche­lin-starred El Celler de Can Roca, twice awarded Best Restau­rant in the World.

While Edi­tion No. 1 and Edi­tion No. 2 high­lighted the in­flu­ence each cask has on the taste and flavour of the fi­nal whisky, Edi­tion No. 3 pro­vides an in­sight into the dis­tinc­tive aro­mas that com­bine to build char­ac­ter and depth and cre­ate a mul­ti­sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence of taste and aroma.

From defin­ing life ex­pe­ri­ences to the re­call of special mem­o­ries, the power of aroma is un­ques­tion­able and it is this power that makes the ap­proach to Edi­tion No. 3 truly mes­mer­iz­ing, as Dove and Dal­garno em­barked on a sen­sory jour­ney of dis­cov­ery.

As one of the most re­spected Mas­ter Per­fumers in the world, whose brand Roja Par­fums is at the pin­na­cle of the fra­grance in­dus­try, Dove pro­vided his re­mark­able sen­sory knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to de­scribe dis­tinc­tive aro­mas in par­tic­u­lar oak casks. Sub­se­quently, Dal­garno utilised this ar­tic­u­la­tion of aro­mas to se­lect dom­i­nant notes to help shape the fi­nal char­ac­ter of Edi­tion No. 3.

The ex­cep­tional oak casks of The Ma­callan are the sin­gle great­est con­trib­u­tor to the out­stand­ing qual­ity, nat­u­ral colours, and dis­tinc­tive aro­mas and flavours of The Ma­callan. The use of a higher pro­por­tion of smaller casks in Edi­tion No. 3 in­creased the con­tact be­tween the spirit and the wood, de­liv­er­ing an in­tense ex­pe­ri­ence of flavour and aroma.

Crafted from a com­bi­na­tion of Euro­pean and Amer­i­can oak casks, Edi­tion No. 3 bal­ances a heav­ier base de­rived from Tevasa casks (Euro­pean oak) and re­flec­tive of The Ma­callan char­ac­ter, with the fresh cut oak and cit­rus of Hu­dosa (Amer­i­can oak) casks, the vanilla ice cream and sweet, crisp green ap­ple flavours of bourbon casks, and the dry, flo­ral, and vanilla notes from Euro­pean and Amer­i­can oak re­fill casks.

Dal­garno said: “In­spi­ra­tion and in­no­va­tion lie at the heart of The Ma­callan and in Edi­tion No. 3 we have col­lab­o­rated with one of the most re­spected aroma ex­perts in the world to cre­ate a sin­gle malt whisky which pushes the bound­aries and chal­lenges con­ven­tion. The Edi­tion Se­ries pro­vides the free­dom to look be­yond the cask styles typ­i­cally used in other Ma­callan whiskies. There are great par­al­lels be­tween the worlds of whisky and per­fume and it has been fas­ci­nat­ing to work with Roja to ex­plore the power of aroma in in­di­vid­ual oak casks and its in­flu­ence on the re­sult­ing whisky. Edi­tion No. 3 is a re­mark­able jour­ney of the senses, de­liv­er­ing an in­tense ex­pe­ri­ence of flavour and aroma.”

Dove said: “On the sur­face it would seem that Bob and I came from dis­parate worlds. From the be­gin­ning it was ob­vi­ous we have much in com­mon, which we have ex­plored and de­vel­oped in many dif­fer­ent ways. The in­evitable cul­mi­na­tion of this col­lab­o­ra­tion was the cre­ation of Edi­tion No. 3. We have worked to­gether to mas­ter the bal­ance of taste and aroma, re­sult­ing in an in­cred­i­bly flavour­some, fresh and cit­rus whisky with en­velop­ing sweet­ness. Edi­tion No. 3 is an ex­cep­tional ex­am­ple of the art of the whisky maker, where Bob has in­ter­preted my thoughts so ac­cu­rately, when com­bined with the ex­tra­or­di­nary power of scent.”

With an ABV of 48.3%, Edi­tion No. 3 is a sen­sory jour­ney of flavour and aroma in­ti­mately en­twined. Pre­sent­ing a sweet and fruity char­ac­ter, it brings to the fore notes of vanilla, fresh cut oak, del­i­cate flo­rals, and rich fruit cake. An al­lur­ing whisky that chal­lenges ex­pec­ta­tions and re­flects the artis­tic ge­nius of the col­lab­o­ra­tors who united to cu­rate this dis­tinc­tive sin­gle malt.

The Ma­callan Edi­tion No. 3 will be priced from R1,850 and is avail­able from 1 Oc­to­ber at se­lected re­tail­ers na­tion­wide.

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Tast­ing notes

Colour: A nat­u­ral colour of Bar­ley gold.

Aroma: Rem­i­nis­cent of a fine fra­grance, the nose leads with vanilla ice cream, fresh cut oak, and del­i­cate flo­rals. Orange oil pro­vides sub­tle grandeur while gin­ger, cin­na­mon, and nut­meg flit in and out. Vanilla im­parts sweet­ness, lead­ing cit­rus fruits for­ward, then al­low­ing cho­co­late to show. Bur­nished oak de­liv­ers a soft end­ing.

Palate: A sen­sory jour­ney of flavour and aroma in­ti­mately en­twined, the palate is sweet fruit, vanilla, and rich fruit cake with sug­ges­tions of apri­cot, pear, and crisp green ap­ple. Hints of gin­ger and cin­na­mon are bal­anced with a light resinous oak fi­nale.

Fin­ish: The fin­ish is long, sweet, and fruity, leav­ing a last­ing im­pres­sion on the senses.

The Edi­tion se­ries of The Ma­callan be­gan in 2015 with Edi­tion No. 1, for which a unique se­lec­tion of oak casks was iden­ti­fied to yield a new Ma­callan ex­pres­sion.

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