Macallan Edition No. 4

Overall rating
88.23/100
votes
495
Whiskybase ID
WB112672
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Bottled
2018
Casktype
European / American Oak Refill Butts
Number of bottles
300000
Strength
48.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L0236A L02 04/05 , L0293A L02 22/05
Barcode
5010314306205
Added on
19 may 2018 5:58 pm by Flynn Taggart
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 501.70

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Whisky reviews for Macallan Edition No. 4

50 users have left 54 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.23 points.

  1. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Personally, I do not think it's like Macallan in the edition series, but Completion is high.

    Intuitive, lots of nuts, leathers, a bit malt, a little bit of complexity, no dramtic elements.

  2. Sassenach13 scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    Colour of caramel a wonderful aroma like a tobacco shop. Lovely after taste so smooth.
    Midnight delight sat waiting to be opened and sleep evaded me so opened this favourite nurse.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Revisiting this 4 years later and still liking it.
    elegant dram with black tea, rock candy and hints of red fruit on the palate with some ginger.
    Had to think of the Secret Speyside cask 1632 from the Maltman. Def. some similarities there.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. sphinx scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  5. remono scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  6. LecterSanchez scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    woody, leather, spice, dark chocolate

    Spice, cake, some vanilla ice cream, nice balance

    Oak, typical sherry, citrus, subtle smoke in mouth

    I must say, good one.

  7. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. lucero scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. DimiIkon scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: April 2021
    • Nose
      Good balance. Grapes, honey, dried fruits, orange spice, floral perfume, a little citrus and very present oak wood.
    • Taste
      Burnt caramel, sweet oak wood, spices and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium, with spices, oak wood, nutmeg and light chocolate.

  10. Seanzhang scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. 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.

  12. Apikalov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Foudos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  15. TechnOBY scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  16. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Fine, aromatic and slightly spicy sherry nose,
      a little fruity with dried fruit, some orange, spices, now also wood / oak notes and a hint of chocolate.
    • Taste
      89 89
      aromatic and spicy, a lot of sherry, a little orange and a lot of wood / oak spice, dried fruits, a little chocolate, spices It is better without water, but the wood flavor is a fixed taste component of this whisky.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Spicy with wood / oak notes, chocolate, spices, dried fruits, a trace of dryness and becoming delicately tart, ending with a light nutty finish and a hint of light malty.

  17. maxgrey993 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Aroma: immediately sherry notes, very dense and sweet, spicy oak, baking spices, dusty board and leather, later sour berries, black tea leaves, viscous herbal mixture. Very warm and vanilla aroma, pleasant to enjoy.

    The taste is thick and rich, sweet and sour berries and dried fruits, stewed fruit(compote) , sherry notes again, powerful oak notes (wood pores are directly felt), it tingles well in the mouth, a wonderful balance of sweetness and bitterness, after a few sips you feel chocolate or cocoa.

    The finish is quite long, dry, peppery, sweet and sour, spicy, again there is a lot of wood and berries, the berries are already dried and dried in the sun, and the same spices remain long after a sip.

    As a result, a very powerful macallan, I was surprised, and the taste and finish do not lag behind the aroma at all, which rarely happens, at first glance it may seem a little harsh and assertive, but this is rather its advantage, the balance is excellent. Grade 88

    The question to connoisseurs, what kind of barrels exactly, did not understand.

  18. Joint86 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Perfectly balanced whisky with a complex sherry profile. A rich palette of classic sherry derivatives: chocolate, prunes, dried apricots, leather, tobacco, black tea, caramel, lacquered wood
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Chocolate nut cookies with bittersweet orange zest, cloves and baking spices.

    RATING: 87pts - [n22,t21,f22,b22] → |86-89: Remarkable|

  20. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  22. BenStanley scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    Best of the 5 editions yet

  23. krupoder scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: apples, prunes, sponge cake, lacquered wood, flowering grass.
    Mouth: prunes, dark chocolate, hazelnuts, dry wild berries, flowering, dried fruits, bitter grass.
    Aftertaste: short, woody. grassy.
    Balance: not bad.

  24. krupoder scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: apples, prunes, sponge cake, lacquered wood
    Mouth: prunes, dark chocolate, hazelnuts, flowering, dried fruits.
    Aftertaste: short, woody.
    Balance: not bad.

  25. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  26. Razr did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Simply love it

  27. Glennie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The whisky tastes nice enough. But the price is way over the top.

    A modern applied cask taste. Really not better than a decent batch of Aberlour A'bunadh og Tamdhu Batch Strength.

    So why pay the extra price?

  28. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Tim-R scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dry fruity
    • Taste
      Fruity caramel
    • Finish
      Dry

  30. Tim-R scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dry fruity
    • Taste
      Fruity caramel
    • Finish
      Dry

  31. dram_on scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    I had a bottle of a previous Edition, and I gotta say, this one is a big let down. Nothing offensive, but nothing memorable. I'm glad that I didn't fork over secondary prices for a bottle ... just lucky to have received a sample.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Floral, wet stone, lightly sherried, salted caramel
    • Taste
      80 80
      Medium body, salted caramel, light berries, lemon sour
    • Finish
      77 77
      Short, not much

  32. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very cool. Personally, I find the No. 4 in direct comparison with no. 3, much better. I'm just more on this dirty impact.
    • Nose
      Colour:
      Amber

      Nose:
      For me, he starts with a lot more leather than No. 3. This one is also spicier and dirtier. Coming soon lovage and thyme. Some basil and dark cherries. The berries go towards blackberries for me. Here I find a very nice, juicy tobacco note. In addition a suitable wood flavor. A sugar sweet rum breeze prevails. Rumrosins with chocolate coat. Orange cream and vanilla. In the background lies this sour fruit aroma. But I find this much lower than at No. Third
    • Taste
      Like this slightly dirty herbal onset. Some maggi, olive oil and thyme taste. Has something of pizza spice. Tart leather, some dry tobacco and espresso. A slightly bitter taste of nuts is revealed. In addition, milk chocolate and something similar to biscuits. A touch of paint and again the dark berries. Toasted malt and a yeast flavor are added.
    • Finish
      Rather long. Start with some chili and espresso. Then it gets more and more oily towards the end. With pleasant berry sweetness and vanilla.

  33. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Roasted Chestnuts

    I never tried the first edition, but Edition No 2 and Edition No 3 were much to my liking. And while Edition No 5 will soon be upon us (with a bloodred label, I’ve been told), I would like to take this opportunity to try Edition No 4. No less than 300.000 bottles were released! No collaboration with any famous chefs or perfume gurus, simply Bob Delgarno who selected a (huge!) amount of casks to finance – I mean showcase - the craftsmanship of the new distillery. No less than seven – seven! – cask types were used for this vatting.

    Dark and sweet nose on toffee, farmer’s butter, cappuccino with milk foam and… rubber. Truly. I have a lot of rubber on the nose. Then some spices from the wood. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg. Chocolate cake. Roasted chestnuts.

    Good strength and fine body. But immediately very spicy. Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg – just like on the nose – joined by pepper and even a touch of salt. Quickly turns somewhat bitter on walnuts. Chocolate returns, filled with praline. Strangely enough, I do not get any fruit, bar a hint of banana. And caramelized oranges with some imagination. Good, but no cigar.

    The finish is medium long on chocolate and cinnamon.

    Hm, this is the ugly duckling in the Editions so far. But can a Master Blender truly predict what his whisky will taste like when he needs more than 1.500 casks to create this malt?

  34. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Kridler scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Beautiful sweet mild Sherrynoten, very sweet, very elegant and round ... wonderful nose
    • Taste
      89 89
      very tasty and great Sherrysüße, incredibly pleasant, round and elegant. looks very mature and great.
    • Finish
      88 88
      nice long-lasting, sweetness remains very present, great malt

  36. Andreas W. scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  37. Dominik scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nougat and vanilla. Hints of cinnamon. Oak. --- Calling it a "limited release" when there are 300k bottles is a joke, of course. It is a very good whisky though. Wouldn't want to collect it, but certainly enjoyed drinking it.

  38. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry bomb
      dominant wood notes, pronounced pleasant spiciness and medium sweetness
    • Taste
      88 88
      from sweet to sour to bitter
    • Finish
      88 88

  39. valery77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Initially discreet, closed, gradually opening up. Dried apples, prunes, freshly sawn board, wood dust, candied honey, dried apricots, sherry notes, ascorbic acid, green apple, cherry, apple seed, creamy toffee, perfumery and flower motifs, freshness. 23
    • Taste
      Moderate, moderately dry. Pepper, fudge, salted caramel, red apple, canned fruits (apricots, plums), creamy toffee, salt, oak tannins. 22
    • Finish
      From medium to long, astringent, tannic, smoothly fading, near the middle of the dram adds a not very pleasant bitterness, a hint of menthol. 21
      Smooth, balanced, calm whisky. Balance 22
      Total 88

  40. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    18-01-2019
    • Nose
      78 78
      sherry
    • Taste
      82 82
      hint of solvent, sherry, coriander
    • Finish
      80 80
      sherry, nice dry finish

  41. maltaholic scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very dark, very appetizing.

    Raisins in sherry
    furry sloe,
    the barrel is still holding back.

    The start is strong, strong,
    rather spicy than sweet.
    Damp wood,
    Red fruits.

    Not a typical Macallan.
    Lots of sherry and spice.
    Not bad.

  42. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  43. 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

  44. 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.

  45. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweet, oak, leather, light rottenness, dried fruits, dark berries. Mouth: dried fruits, spices, oak, vanilla, berries. Finish: long, dried fruits, oak, vanilla, spices. It’s a sweet, smooth and easy drinkable whisky, but I wait from Macallan more.

  46. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweet, oak, leather, light rottenness, dried fruits, dark berries. Mouth: dried fruits, spices, oak, vanilla, berries. Finish: long, dried fruits, oak, vanilla, spices. It’s a sweet, smooth and easy drinkable whisky, but I wait from Macallan more.

  47. 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

  48. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  49. 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

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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

  53. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  54. 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.

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

    Palate
    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.

    Finish
    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

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