Macallan Edition No. 4

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
European / American Oak Refill Butts
Number of bottles
48.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L0236A L02 04/05 , L0293A L02 22/05
Added on
19 May 2018 5:58 pm by Flynn Taggart

Average value

€ 390.47

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan Edition No. 4

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.25 points

  1. Gareth74 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Macallan, like Ferrari, like Rolex, like Dyson, like LEGO, like IKEA, like any manufacturer who have a sense of self, do ‘ themselves' rather well. They don’t copy, they rarely follow trends, they set their own course and become famous for being the best versions of themselves.

    Macallan make the best Macallan out there. Sometimes it’s a bit underwhelming, there’s the odd misfire for sure. But, in general the product is exceptionally well made, there’s just so much attention to detail that it sets the bar and becomes a rule for the rest, rather than an exception. Times may change, fashions come and go but Macallan is a producer that creates a product which is timeless, ironic when they’re dealing with a product that has time as a major ingredient. And the time thing, or in this case the NAS thing, is one thing that some people may argue against, but what macallan can do with a NAS whisky is testament to their art and an understanding of their craft which few can match. The Edition range is a very good example of this, and in this case No.4 (for my first review).

    To give it some context, for a bottle that costs less than the rather superb Glendronach Parliament 21 (on release by £20 or so), it has bags more going on. Truckloads of cocoa, old sherry, oak with some lovely tannins and coffee notes, tiramisu, spices and ginger, layers of wood and pepper are delivered like a guided missile. The nose and palate work together seamlessly and the 48% vol has just enough muscle to hold everything together without getting too overwhelming (not that you couldn’t add a drop of water to calm things down). Add to that some great packaging (yes, this matters, we’re all suckers for a nice label and a pretty box) and you have a really great example of what is possible when you know what you’re doing. Astonishingly easy to drink, a great pleasure to share. Edition 4 is a great example of Macallan being the best at making Macallan at a rather brilliant price. Get it while you can.

    Sherry, vinous fruits, oak, ginger and baking spice, hints of leather, malt, dry floorboards and warm, sawn wood. Deep, enjoyable and warming.

    Light and dark sherry, upfront on the first sip it’s hot, alcohol forward with the sherry and spice, oak. Lovely balanced sweetness.

    Second sip and the mouth picks up the more nuanced flavours in the liquid, figs and chocolate, powdered cocoa, baking spice, overcooked cake when it goes brown on the edges, malt, waves of wood notes and nutmeg. As the mouth adjusts to the liquid it really does reveal more and more layers of flavour. This is good. Nothing screams, it’s all singing together like a well trained choir.

    Much like the nose and the palate, it all seamlessly works. The flavours meld, waves of the spice and wood and sherry flicker in and out and the rich spice and oak fade with the sweetness of the old sherry like the last notes of a symphony. It’s all about balance. Warm, comforting, a flavour that lasts without being bombastic. Medium to long with a flavour that begs you to take just one more dram.

    I’m convinced the Macallan Edition is fast becoming the very epitome of what NAS can be. It’s fast becoming my one of my favourite ranges from any company. It’s definitely my favourite affordable Macallan.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    From: Becky Paskin (https://scotchwhisky.com/whisky-reviews/new-whiskies/20062/batch-158/)

    Score: 93

    NOSEReassuringly complex, with lots of oak and wood spice at the fore, surrounded by sweet acacia honey and toffee. This alluring, zesty, citrus baked sweetness, like a lemon drizzle cake or key lime pie, is captivating. I could sit and nose this for hours.PALATECakey and nutty, muscovado sugar and black pepper. The wood’s effect is very much apparent – fresh oak shavings and a polished sideboard – but it’s not overdone. Sticky caramel and Jamaica ginger cake take centre stage as the wood spice builds. However, there’s enough citrus zestiness – lime peel and orange juice – to keep the spark going. 

    FINISHIs that a touch of smoke? Perhaps a heavy char. Either way, it lingers, with a chewy, sticky fruitiness, like reduced blood orange juice.CONCLUSIONEdition No 4 is designed to showcase the ‘structure’ of Macallan. This is an absolute bargain. Just glorious.

  3. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    lots of sherry, dark chocolate, traces of nuts, dried apricots, candy apple, some spices, some white pepper, some vanilla, malty. the aromas mingle perfectly and very gentle. the finish is long lasting and full of all the aromas. I do like the ABV. this is some nice and dignified Malt. Easy to drink and enjoy with friends and at the same time a perfect malt to sit and enjoy for hours. Well done Macallan!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Werner0410 scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    I would really like to know who does not even love 80 points for this whisky, please let it be if you have no idea

  5. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Best Edition to date, great balance and plenty of flavour. 
    • Nose
      Definitely Macallan - cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Dry oak notes, new oak and old oak with pencil shavings to match. Dry raisins and other dried fruits resting on a lemon drizzle.
    • Taste
      Cinnamon spice on arrival, woody notes followed by green apples and tangy oranges. Lovely balance.
    • Finish
      Toasted oak with a hint of smoke.

  6. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I understand it's divisive, but I think it's okay, but not the usual Macallan style. 88/89.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry, waxy fruits, malt, paraffin, spicy oak and lacquered wood.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Powerful and bittersweet. Big sherry and tannic oak. Intensive spices, raisin, rum cherry.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, creamy, dry.

  8. Dris scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the Whisky Show, Budapest 2018.10.27.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. The Macallan scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Back on track, finally The Macallan I love so much. You simply can't compare this with the nineties but this is excellent stuff
    • Nose
      Unmistakable Macallan, there's sherry influences, there's balance between the fruityness and spices, some woody notes aswell
    • Taste
      Rich, sherry notes, dried fruit, sweet and drying in the back
    • Finish
      Warme, woodspices (cloves, nutmeg) and long lasting

  10. MrDvorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 87pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose has a typical Macallan's profile with intense notes of cinnamon, milk chocolate and nut cookies.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is sweet, voluminous and layered with nice hints of sherry followed by dried fruits, caramel and chocolate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is quite long and warming with notes of cloves, nutmeg, baking spices and milk chocolate.


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