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Macallan Edition No. 3

Overall rating
86.84/100
votes
344
Whiskybase ID
WB101751
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Bottled
2017
Number of bottles
250000
Strength
48.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010314304911
Added on
05 Oct 2017 2:57 pm by RoyC

Average value

€ 495.89

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344 × member ratings

2599 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan Edition No. 3

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.84 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. 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.

  3. 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/

  4. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. mattheww scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. TechnOBY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. vlad78 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    a good sherry release in this series.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Rich, like a concentrated smell of all possible sherry tones: prunes, a little dry rose cakes, a little spices, a little dried apricot.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet, bright, slightly oaky taste. Very sweet plum jam, a little hot pepper.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Sweet slightly spicy aftertaste, with water, and with tones of dried fruits.

  8. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Caramel milky cream cake, sea salt cake, vanilla. 89
    • Taste
      87 87
      Rich spices and fresh peppers, and slight vanilla sweetness, jujube, bittered chocolate. 87
    • Finish
      86 86
      Goes to savory and mint slight chocolate flavors and woody tannin. 86

  10. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

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