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Macallan Edition No. 5

Overall rating
86.70/100
votes
194
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2019
Casktype
Oak Casks
Number of bottles
260000
Strength
48.5 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Label
C5.V525.T20.2019-005
Bottle code
L0422B L02 28/08
Barcode
5010314308766
Added on
08 Sep 2019 11:40 pm by Dirk
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 152.67

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194 × member ratings

1494 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan Edition No. 5

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.70 points

  1. Gareth74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Ignore the PR and it’s passable.

    I think this is the moment Macallan finally jumped the shark. There was the hilariously bad Icarus advert a while back, what a fatuous pile of twaddle that was. It as also extremely expensive, being banned for 'Promoting Risky Behavior' (a nonsense but very real ruling). But now, now we have Edition no.5 partnered with Pantone®.

    I love Macallan, I really do, the previous style 10 Sherry Oak is brilliant (and the previous 4 Editions have been great, especially the amazing no.2). I love Pantone and use their system every week (I’m a designer) but this is a partnership that could only be cooked up by a marketing person.

    Let’s just cut to the chase, as it stands this fifth release is less good than the others in all the important areas. How it smells and how it tastes. To add to the woes the story behind it makes it feel pretentious, even for Macallan.

    On the nose it’s a dialled down version of no3. Weirdly, at 48% the nose is very slow to develop in the same way the others did.

    In the mouth it it beautifully bolted together, very smooth and delicate but perhaps a little underwhelming (is this the wood choices hampering the character?). It tastes like a Macallan, it has all the hallmarks but rather than it exciting the palate it merely comforts it. Not always a bad thing of course, but I have come to expect more from Edition bottlings.

    In a vertical at the Whisky Show London with the Estate Reserve, the 18 Triple Cask and the Rare Cask, this stumbled in last. I can hear the shouts of 'they're all twice the price!' - but when did price ever guarantee quality? Price is more usually and more reliably an indicator of rarity than anything else. So to be fair, it’s not that it was a bad whisky by any measure but for this price there’s much better fun to be had elsewhere.

    Bring back edition 2! or more realistically, roll on No.6.

  2. Whisky-Raritäten scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Macallan Edition No. 5 ... the good old days of Macallan are over, I think Allen is clear. I also do not want to rip open old wounds and tell from the past, but slowly comes to the whisky connoisseurs a clear frustration. In my eyes, Macallan almost only with all means "No Age" bottlings to sell at a high price to pay for the new distillery! One writes Edition on it, delays the delivery successively, makes in advance a bottle raffle after the other and 3 months later the bottle stands everywhere on the shelves. The only way to think!

    Conclusion:

    A Macallan compiled on the computer, from each edition something, without the true Macallan character - did not deserve the name Edition, therefore only 86 points.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla, toffee a trace of ginger, nutmeg and oak.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fresh and sweet, a touch of vanilla with some caramel, plus ripe fruits, peach and pear. Followed by toffee with a light spice.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, with a vanilla-toffee sweetness. Simple, smooth without corners and edges, with a pleasant intensity of taste.

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Drinkable but boring

  4. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N- Elegant (perhaps by the effect of the packaging), not a nose packed monster, but quintessential a Macallan with well curated aroma to reflect on the soft savoury sweet sherry nuances, aged fine oak that lace a dry layer and letting the spicy toffee, pickled ginger and pink peppercorn to shines. Comfort, rounded but lack depth to further excites a seasoned nose. (87/21)

    P- Velvet with rising smogs of strength with pear candy. Hints of leather, full, solid spicy oak and creamy. Orange fondant developed, sweet toffee, coffee and bitter ale. (89/22)

    F- Finishing probably the star of this Edition. Long, lasting and smooth, finely starchy with good weight on the palate. Full with amicable spiciness that comes with hint of espresso and bitter mint chocolate. (93/23)

    B/B- 91/22 Excellent value at current, but price will surely hit the roof towards the end of stock availability.

    Weighted Rate- 88pt

    Cr-2, Fr-2, Fl-1, Pt-0, Ft-1, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-3, Sc-2
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Elegant (perhaps by the effect of the packaging), not a nose packed monster, but quintessential a Macallan with well curated aroma to reflect on the soft savoury sweet sherry nuances, aged fine oak that lace a dry layer and letting the spicy toffee, pickled ginger and pink peppercorn to shines. Comfort, rounded but lack depth to further excites a seasoned nose. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Velvet with rising smogs of strength with pear candy. Hints of leather, full, solid spicy oak and creamy. Orange fondant developed, sweet toffee, coffee and bitter ale. (89/22)
    • Finish
      F- Finishing probably the star of this Edition. Long, lasting and smooth, finely starchy with good weight on the palate. Full with amicable spiciness that comes with hint of espresso and bitter mint chocolate. (93/23)

      B/B- 91/22 Excellent value at current, but price will surely hit the roof towards the end of stock availability.

      Weighted Rate- 88pt

      Cr-2, Fr-2, Fl-1, Pt-0, Ft-1, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-3, Sc-2
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  5. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Vanilla,toffee,caramel,ginger,nutmeg
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet,vanilla,toffee,peach,pear,spicy,little bit of leather,caramel,nutmeg
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long,vanilla and toffee again,caramel,spices,balanced

  6. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Vanilla,toffee,caramel,ginger,nutmeg
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet,vanilla,toffee,peach,pear,spicy,little bit of leather,caramel,nutmeg
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long,vanilla and toffee again,caramel,spices,balanced

  7. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. BenNevis scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is quite sweet, More American oak influence than you would expect in older Macallans. There is sherry and a Macallan style to this but for me the vanilla sweetness comes though to much. If this was £50 a bottle I still wouldn't buy another. Its nice but over priced.

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

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