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Whisky Reviews for Macallan Edition No. 4
34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.29 points
- So many newbies and hustlers and flippers jacking up the overall score for this serviceable whisky.... It's not that it's terrible, but oh this is just so average. It's a $50 bottle disguised as a special edition for people that like to collect all the colors of the rainbow.
- 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.
- From: Becky Paskin (https://scotchwhisky.com/whisky-reviews/new-whiskies/20062/batch-158/)
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.
- 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!
- 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
- Best Edition to date, great balance and plenty of flavour.
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.
Cinnamon spice on arrival, woody notes followed by green apples and tangy oranges. Lovely balance.
Toasted oak with a hint of smoke.
- I understand it's divisive, but I think it's okay, but not the usual Macallan style. 88/89.
Sherry, waxy fruits, malt, paraffin, spicy oak and lacquered wood.
Powerful and bittersweet. Big sherry and tannic oak. Intensive spices, raisin, rum cherry.
Long, creamy, dry.
- Tasted at the Whisky Show, Budapest 2018.10.27.
- Back on track, finally The Macallan I love so much. You simply can't compare this with the nineties but this is excellent stuff
Unmistakable Macallan, there's sherry influences, there's balance between the fruityness and spices, some woody notes aswell
Rich, sherry notes, dried fruit, sweet and drying in the back
Warme, woodspices (cloves, nutmeg) and long lasting