Remember the hype around the Macallan Edition No. 1 four years ago? Released at 90 EUR, but now being sold for a tenfold (which cannot be said about the de Edition No 2, 3 and 4). And now Macallan launches a new series. You’ve guessed it: many bottle flippers hurried to get these and offer them up via auction. It worked. For a few weeks at least. The first bottles sold for around 300 EUR but now the prices is coming down to the original 150 EUR. After all, there are 84.000 bottles made. No need to panic. The packaging is inspired on the world of surreal art. Well chosen, eh? The whisky first matured in sherry cask and then got to sleep the same amount of time in bourbon casks. How long exactly, I do not know.
The nose is creamy and sweet. Very sweet. Lemon zest and candied ginger, nuts (mostly almonds) and green banana. Pineapple cubes. Hint of Turkish Delight and some Graeffe sugar. Butterscotch. Not bad at all, textbook Macallan, but not flabbergasting either.
The body is rather light. Too light to my taste. Just a tad oily and immediately spicy sweet. Again all kinds of citrus (lime, lemon, bergamot), zesty as well, and hints of dried tropical fruits. Pineapple, some banana and mango. Pretty good. The spices soften up quickly and lean towards ginger and other woodspices.
The finish is soft, mildly drying but pretty short.