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Macallan Edition No. 3

Overall rating
87.01/100
votes
214
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Bottled
2017
Number of bottles
250000
Strength
48.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
5010314304911
Added on
05 Oct 2017 2:57 pm by RoyC

Average value

€ 273,99

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214 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan Edition No. 3

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.01 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2019] So far I did not like the Macallan releases of the last years (I had too many excellent old Macallan before that all played in the Malt Champions League) but I keep on trying...

    ...and this is another blank. It is slightly spoiled with sulphur but even without the devil's ingredient this dram is completely unimpressive. It owns a simple modern sherry profile without any interesting flavours (to my taste buds only) that I call sub-standard even when compared to other modern style sherried drams. To be honest, I would not buy a bottle regardless of how low the price is (why should I drink something I do not enjoy?)...

    By the way, what a great joke: A limited release of 250.000 (!) bottles - this is more than the annual output of smaller distilleries. Do they really think customers are THAT stupid? Macallan degraded to an ordinary mass product (sold at luxury prices)...
    • Nose
      78 78
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a minor sulphurous modern sherry profile without any interesting aromas to detect. This is a sub-standard nose - most other modern sherried whiskies provide a much better nosing experience, not to mention the old stuff. This is not even a shadow of the old Macallan nose...
    • Taste
      80 80
      The taste is about the same - modern unimpressive sherry with bitter wooden notes. The only interesting flavour is the sulphur - provided you like it (I do not!). Luckily the sulphur is not that strong so the sherry and malt shines through but both do not offer a tasty profile, this is pretty ordinary stuff - like all the other recent Macallan releases I tried over the last years.
    • Finish
      75 75
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and sulphurous-coating (so I do not like it because of the scurfy impressions) with a minor bitter-astringent moment. The finish is long but this is just because of the sulphur - the sherry and malt vanishes quickly. Water releases stronger sulphurous aromas in the nose and flattens the anyhow unimpressive taste. I do not like this dram neither neat nor reduced.

  2. rudisunshine did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Macallan Edition No.3 is bottled at 48.3% ABV

    The distillery teamed up with Master Perfumer Roja Dove to select the casks for this vatting.

    God what a great series.This is still a very, very good whisky indeed.

    https://malt-review.com/2017/10/07/macallan-edition-no-3/
    • Nose
      A warming heather honey melted over creamy porridge. 

      Slightly lighter than the Ed. 2, becoming more citrusy, floral in places on the high notes. 

      Baked orchard fruits with cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup. 

      The dried fruits come: sultanas, apricots; fresh, perhaps more elegant and perfumed. Peaches. 

      Fresh apricots now. Mango. Toffee fudge, then lightly toasted wholemeal bread. Multiple layers. Jasmine. Strawberry jam and cream.

      https://malt-review.com/2017/10/07/macallan-edition-no-3/
    • Taste
      Velvety, but not too cloying. Toffee fudge. Heather honey, moving into mead territory. 

      More intensely raisin-based, with orange marmalade, ginger and lemon juice. 

      Quite a spritely little thing. Back to golden syrup, much more vanilla. In the middle: herbal notes, sage and thyme. Apricots. Crabapple jelly. Brown sugar. 

      A lovely woody warmth that isn’t at all harsh or tannic: nutmeg here, with a wisp of peppermint or fennel perhaps on the finish. There’s a lovely lightness, a freshness about the whole thing. 

      https://malt-review.com/2017/10/07/macallan-edition-no-3/
    • Finish
      The nose is better than the taste.

      https://malt-review.com/2017/10/07/macallan-edition-no-3/

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Lovely Macallan that develops like a three stage rocket. A soft, delicate nose; a powerful palate and a drying, tannic finish. But the whole works like a charm. Recommended. I really am sorry for not having purchased the first two Edition releases. They are better than their standard range and still quite affordable.
    • Nose
      The nose is wonderfully sweet, but also a bit delicate. Bergamot oil, wilde flowers, vanilla, mokatine, heather honey, sweet butter and oranges. Becomes quite elegant on dried apricots, sultanas and some peach. A bit of maple syrup over vanilla ice cream. Spice-wise, I’m thinking cinnamon and cloves. Very, very nice.
    • Taste
      It caresses the palate. Silky soft at first, but that does not last. It quickly becomes more sturdy. The spices kick in and the fruit explodes on the palate. A veritable taste-bomb, but powerful. Much more outspoken than the nose predicted. Gingerbread and dark fruit, a hint of candied grapefruit and some warm garden herbs. Thyme? But the fruit takes the lead and evolves towards apricots, sultanas and apples with some brown sugar. 
    • Finish
      The finish can easily be called long, with a warm and spicy edge, but also a bitter, tannic death.

  4. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very nice, creamy whisky.
    • Nose
      Colour:
      Bright amber

      Nose:
      When pouring a neat, fruity cloud came out of the glass. After panning, the nose is completely different. A set, oily aroma comes first. Also, I find leather and a trace of salt. Leather fat and a sourish fruit. Warm plum jam and something like orange syrup. Grapes, blueberries and sour cherries. With some time in the glass, the sourish fruit note becomes stronger. There is also some marzipan
    • Taste
      Soft, slightly rough onset. Then immediately spicy with herbs. Has something of herbal oil. Then a bit rusty dust and so has a slight metallic taste after a bit of blood. The second sip makes the colleague a bit dustier and more mineral. The fruit note is now more in the bright direction. More lime and also in the taste the marzipan with dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. First, really spicy. Then a very nice honey sweetness builds up.

  5. Vallado scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    For me, another disappointment from the house of Macallan. Not that the whisky is bad, but I would always prefer the good old Mac12 SO. These modern experiments at Macallan (NAS, umpteen barrel ages, 1824 series, etc. & tralala) have no soul.
    • Nose
      86 86
      rich, heavy sherry, dark berries, cinnamon, star anise, cloves (?)
    • Taste
      82 82
      undefinable sharp, unrundered onset, after some time bright pomaceous fruit (apples, pear, quince) and also a slightly exotic fruit component (could be apricot) appears tender, the peppery-sweet-looking sharpness persists, however, persistently
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium-length, sherrylastiger finish, but not remembered

  6. Vallado scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    For me, another disappointment from the house of Macallan. Not that the whisky is bad, but I would always prefer the good old Mac12 SO. These modern experiments at Macallan (NAS, umpteen barrel ages, 1824 series, etc. & tralala) have no soul.
    • Nose
      86 86
      rich, heavy sherry, dark berries, cinnamon, star anise, cloves (?)
    • Taste
      82 82
      undefinable sharp, unrundered onset, after some time bright pomaceous fruit (apples, pear, quince) and also a slightly exotic fruit component (could be apricot) appears tender, the peppery-sweet-looking sharpness persists, however, persistently
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium-length, sherrylastiger finish, but not remembered

  7. Kaleva scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice Macallan with beautiful fruity and perfumy nose and balanced round taste. I didn’t like the sulfur note but it’s so subtle that doesn’t spoil the nose anyhow. Would be nice to have a full bottle but it seems to be sold out in most places.
    • Nose
      Slightly perfumy, buttery, fruity (apricot), citrus honey notes, vanilla, golden raisins, subtle sulfur note, water opens sherry notes and amplifies sulfur
    • Taste
      Medium-sweet, peppery, vanilla pie, barley notes, orange zest
    • Finish
      Medium-long, mouthwatering, sweet, with malty and sherry notes

  8. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. valery77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      At first, discreet, closed, gradually opening up, complex. Vanilla notes, dried apples, burlap, ascorbic acid, barely noticeable sulfur notes, freshly sawed board, perfume shades, flour, wine notes, caramel, creamy toffee, broken branch, candy drops, cotton candy. 23
    • Taste
      Medium dry, somewhat alcoholic. Ascorbic acid, pepper, oak shades, orange peel, lemon peel, tannic bitterness, salt, creamy toffee, red apple. 21
    • Finish
      From medium to long, tannic, bitter, fading smoothly. 22
      Good whisky, excellent nose, but bitterness in taste and finish could be smaller. Balance 21.
      Total 87

  10. Davidveen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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