There’s a reason it’s called a snifter. These bottom-heavy top-narrow glasses invite fans to “drink” in the bouquet of a dram before a vulgar tongue has its way. And if you’re an enthusiast, you know how rabid whisky makers get when it comes to the cultivation and protection of their terroir. Not unlike perfumers as a matter of fact, who also pay scrupulous attention to the soil in which grains or flowers are grown, harvested and processed.
On this back story, The Macallan has released Edition No. 3 – a limited-edition distillation between master whisky maker Bob Dalgarno and world famous master perfumer Roja Dove.
Using a higher proportion of smaller casks in Edition No. 3 to increase the contact between spirit and wood, The Macallan promises distinctive aromas with unique character and depth.
To be precise: apart from exceptional European and American oaks, Edition No. 3 also formed with a heavier base from Tevasa casks and balanced with the fresh cut oak and citrus of Hudosa casks. For more complexity, bourbon barrels finish off the concoction with scents of vanilla ice cream and crisp green apple.
Roja Dove had this to say of their partnership: “On the surface it would seem that Bob and I came from disparate worlds. From the beginning it was obvious we shared 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 whisky maker’s art, where Bob has interpreted my thoughts so accurately, when combined with the extraordinary power of scent.”
With an ABV of 48.3%, The Macallan Edition No. 3 is a sensory journey of flavours 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 circa RM 550 (before GST).