Macallan Edition No. 3

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Number of bottles
48.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
05 Oct 2017 2:57 pm by RoyC

Average value

€ 296.88

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan Edition No. 3

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.91 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.

    • 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.

    • 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. 

    • Finish
      The nose is better than the taste.


  4. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  5. ldcsh scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  6. IIIZIII scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    It is very stranges, as it is sulphury at times, and sometimes not. Definitely a great example of changing in the bottle over time as the fill level gets lower and lover.

  7. krupoder scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Plain passing whisky on a drink.
    Overall rating 84

  8. mjts93 scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    I echo hs305's remarks exactly really apart from the sulphur (I am not so sensitive to it and am a sucker for meaty/leathery sulphur out of the stills like in longrow)
    Otherwise this is a vastly unimpressive modern sherry whisky. Plain and boring. Not "limited" in any sense of the word with 250,000 bottles

  9. whiskygalaxy scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  10. Georges scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
      Sweet, sherry, flowery notes, heather, honey, fruity (oranges, peaches, apricots), spicy (cinnamon, clove)
    • Taste
      79 79
      Soft, spicy, dark fruit, sultanas, vanilla, gingerbread, brown sugar
    • Finish
      79 79
      Medium long, warm, spicy, bitter, drying


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