A CEL­E­BRA­TION OF HER­ITAGE

The Macallan in­tro­duces the Edi­tion No.4, a trib­ute to all that is Macallan

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When one talks about the Macallan, one talks about one of the most prom­i­nent whisky brands in the world. Renowned for the finest crafts­man­ship, The Macallan has time and time again proven it­self in terms of pro­duc­ing only the finest whisky, strik­ing that per­fect bal­ance be­tween tra­di­tion and in­no­va­tion. The lat­est en­try in the Edi­tion Se­ries has yet again reaf­firmed its pedi­gree – the Edi­tion No.4.

While the Edi­tion No.1 and Edi­tion No.2 high­lighted to con­sumers the sig­nif­i­cance of the casks on the flavours of the whisky and the Edi­tion No.3 ed­u­cated con­sumers on aro­mas, the Edi­tion No.4 brings an in­sight into the struc­ture of the whisky, giv­ing con­sumers a lit­eral taste of how The Macallan dis­tillery is con­structed and the great lengths

in which The Macallan goes to in creat­ing sin­gle malts.

A con­tin­u­a­tion of the il­lus­tri­ous story that is The Macallan’s im­pec­ca­ble oak casks and its abil­i­ties to truly un­lock the flavour of whisky, the Edi­tion No.4 is an­other prod­uct of the famed oak casks utilised by The Macallan. Stay­ing true to The Macallan sher­ry­sea­soned oak casks mat­u­ra­tion, each cask is metic­u­lously hand­picked, con­tribut­ing to the qual­ity, colours and flavours that make up The Macallan.

In­spired by the new Macallan dis­tillery, the Euro­pean oak sherry-sea­soned casks from Tevasa them­selves, which ini­tially store the Edi­tion No.4, pro­vide the foun­da­tion of this lim­ited-edi­tion whisky, de­liv­er­ing rich notes of dried fruits and a layer of wood spices as well as root gin­ger. The whisky is then formed in Euro­pean oak sherry-sea­soned casks from Jose y Miguel Martin and Diego Martin Rosado, fur­ther en­hanc­ing its dried fruit notes while also bring­ing along notes of dates and figs. The struc­ture of the Edi­tion No.4 is then bal­anced in Amer­i­can oak sherry-sea­soned casks from Vasyma, im­part­ing vanilla, tof­fees and but­ter­scotch, with the fi­nal prod­uct then per­fected through re­fill sherry-sea­soned oak casks, where the flavours are com­pleted with the lively char­ac­ter of cit­rus fruits. Truly a com­plex process, but one that brings with it a mas­ter­piece.

The Edi­tion No.4 is bold to the nose, bring­ing along rounded honey with a note of sweet tof­fee ap­ples. Or­ange zests then fol­low a back­ground of gin­ger and nut­megs, while a ro­bust, pol­ished ma­tured oak con­trasts with the sub­tle green woody and flo­ral un­der­tones, a worth­while prod­uct of the crafts­man­ship from the com­bi­na­tion of Euro­pean and Amer­i­can oak casks.

“Edi­tion No.4 is a cel­e­bra­tion of The Macallan’s whisky-mak­ing her­itage as we en­ter an ex­cit­ing new era, mark­ing the com­ing to­gether of our his­tory and new hori­zons in the cre­ation of two struc­tural mas­ter­pieces: a re­mark­able whisky and a mag­nif­i­cent new dis­tillery,” en­thuses Nick Sav­age, The Macallan master dis­tiller, with the Edi­tion No.4 and right­fully so. He also stresses the sig­nif­i­cant role played by the oak sherry-sea­soned oak casks in the pro­duc­tion of the Edi­tion No.4, bring­ing out unique re­fresh­ing qual­i­ties of the whisky, which re­sult in an un­for­get­table whisky ex­pe­ri­ence.

Lo­cated in the stun­ning Easter Elchies es­tate, the new Macallan dis­tillery en­ables pro­duc­tion of The Macallan to in­crease by a third if re­quired, news that def­i­nitely bodes well with fans of the brand. A project that has taken three years and six months to com­plete, the new Macallan dis­tillery is also open to the pub­lic, with visi­tor care that repli­cates the pas­sion and thought­ful­ness that goes into ev­ery bot­tle of The Macallan. The de­sign of the dis­tillery it­self em­bod­ies the master crafts­man­ship The Macallan is known for, with the roof com­pris­ing 1,800 sin­gle beams, 2,500 dif­fer­ent roof el­e­ments and 380,000 in­di­vid­ual com­po­nents, shap­ing one of the most com­pli­cated tim­ber struc­tures in the world.

Founded upon the Six Pil­lars, which has since been the guid­ing prin­ci­ple in which The Macallan has built its rep­u­ta­tion – spir­i­tual home, cu­ri­ously small stills, finest cut, ex­cep­tional oak casks, nat­u­ral colour and peer­less spirit, The Macallan has yet to dis­ap­point. In the Edi­tion No.4, The Macallan has pro­duced a whisky that truly de­fines the brand’s ob­ses­sion with the mas­tery of whisky mak­ing since 1824.

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