The Macallan Edition No. 1

Scotch Review #93: The Macallan Edition No. 1

Distillery: Macallan

Region: Speyside

ABV: 48%

Age: NAS

Price: Sample swap courtesy of /u/bradbobaggins

Color: 1.2, Chestnut/Oloroso Sherry

. Natural Color.


Nose: Lots of sherry with warm baking spices mixed it. It’s on the earthy side of things. There’s a bit of honey and fruit cake as well.

Palate: Very rich mouth feel. It’s like a fruit cake that is absolutely dripping wet only it’s full of sherry and honey instead of the usual fruit cake juices. With a bit of water, those baking spices from the nose come out.

Finish: Medium in length. It actually finishes a bit creamy with some more sherry and vanilla. With some water, a slight bit of cherry comes out as well.

Conclusion: Thanks again to /u/bradbobaggins

for including this in a swap as it lets me round out the Macallan Editions. Having had it, I can understand why people would go crazy over this dram. It’s full of flavor and is such a massive step up from the usual Macallan offerings. The baking spices in the nose and the palate play so well with the fruit cake and cherry that’s in there. Delicious. Now would I pay the current average price of $1418 (at least according to wine-searcher.com) for this? No way. It’s good but I have to say I preferred the No. 4 over it. If it was available at the original ~$100 range, I’d definitely get a few bottles.

Final Score: 86.

Scotch Whisky review #94, Speyside Whisky Review #38, Whisky Network Review #122


Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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