Macallan Edition No. 2

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Number of bottles
48.2 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L0294W L2
Added on
20 Aug 2016 1:59 pm by RoyC

Average value

€ 366,94

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292 × member ratings

1820 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Macallan Edition No. 2

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.68 points

  1. Gareth74 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    The very worst thing about finding a whisky you like is that invariably, you'll buy more than one bottle at the cost of ignoring other delights along the road. The worst thing about finding a whisky that you like that's limited is that the window to buy more than one bottle is small, so you have a terrible decision to make... Buy one or two bottles and move on and spend your pennies on other things without the pressure to buy or bite the bullet and pony up enough dough to stock the cupboard with as many bottles as the bank account allows.

    The latter problem is the issue I have with Macallan Edition No. 2. It's just one of those whiskies that clicked with my taste buds and made me want a few more bottles for the cupboard and then it gave me the fear of it running out so there I go, scampering around online shops to secure a few more bottles, just in case. The fear.

    There's no doubt that in the world of limited editions (what ever the product) there's a hard core group that go out and buy up all the stock they can to flip (sell at an inflated price in the second hand market) for a quick profit and Macallan is a brand that always appears on the flipper's list. It used to always be the 18 Sherry Oak, but now it seems it's been joined by the Edition range. And for good reason. (And these are the people you're up against when you want to secure those extra few bottle before they hit the secondhand market).

    For the money when it was released, the Macallan Edition No. 2 was EPIC!

    As a NAS there's always going to be the argument that you don't know what you're buying in terms of age, but as a drinker, not an investor, or a train spotter, the one guiding principle that makes me want to buy more than one bottle is 'Does it taste good?' The Macallan Edition No.2 does, and then some.

    Other reviews on here will tell you all you need to know about the nose, flavour and finish (all 3 are wonderful) but few will touch on the emotional tug that finding a great bottle has on the drinker.

    For the £75 on release or there abouts, Macallan made something rather special, a whisky that does all the usual things you want a great Macallan to do but at an affordable(ish) price. They get a lot of stick for releasing whisky that is priced over the odds but when they release something like this we can forgive them their sins.

    A truly beautiful whisky that gave me pleasure and fear in equal measure.

  2. SilentBeing scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Sweet and intensely flavourful sherry dominated whisky. I much prefer this to the 12 year old sherry wood, which tastes slightly watery by comparison, or the Sienna (I haven’t tried an 18 year old sherry wood since I have a mortgage and other interests besides whisky). Buy it while you can.
    • Nose
      Lovely sherry nose with an earthy twist. Notes of toffee, vanilla, chocolate covered oranges, green apples and ginger with hints of raspberries and blackberries. Below it all an earthy note of cedar wood and nutmeg.
    • Taste
      Very sweet and flavourful. Full of orange marmalade, milk chocolate, toffee, vanilla and green apples with hints of red fruits. A nice black pepper and ginger spiciness develops. Notes of liquorice towards the finish.
    • Finish
      Sweet, dry and moderately long with continuing notes from the palate.

  3. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The Macallan Edition No.2
    (48,2%, OB 2016) 

    Nose: quite complex. It’s a drier, “forest-like” style of sherried whisky, mostly characterized by European oak. Crushed peppercorns, gingerbread and cinnamon. Then the typical baked apples, orange peel and berries. Golden syrup. Milk chocolate and a hint of coffee beans. Just a hint of green oak. A bit light and floral for Macallan, but nice. 

    Mouth: raisins, cinnamon and coffee. A generous peppery warmth. Not the usual prunes and dates, but a vague chocolate sweetness and a hint of blackberries. Toast. Treacle. Liquorice, vanilla and sweet ginger. Some earthy and grassy notes as well. 

    Finish: medium length, still on ginger and cinnamon, with a hint of lemon peel.Being spicy and earthy yet fairly light, this is slightly atypical for The Macallan (although they are betting on European oak a lot lately). But the result is really good and not overpriced, better value than most of their core range these days. 


  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A sweet and intense Macallan that took me by surprise, but in a very good way.
    • Nose
      Gingerbread, raisins, toffee, mocha, mandarin, Ovomaltine, brown bread, autumn leafs, baked apples and mapely syrup. A hint of espresso and some Cadbury’s milkchocolate with dried fruit in the mix. Nicely sweet and quite complex. This nose has a lot on offer.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is just fine. Round, creamy and immediately grand on spices and fruitiness. Peppers, ginger, apricot pastry, blueberries and cinnamon. Brown toast with orange marmalade. Liquorice and honey. Very pleasant.
    • Finish
      The creaminess turns syrupy in the long finish full of peppers and raisins, with sugared orange peel at the death. 

  5. OKoster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Macallan Edition No 2 Tasting Notes

    Color: Dark Golden

    Nose: Fruit and Forest aromas. Sweetness of vanilla and toffee. Some spiciness in the form of ginger but not much. Macallan veterans will find the nosing different and light.

    Palate: The spices initially welcomes you thanks to the higher than usual ABV but it does not last that long. The sweet ginger and fruity flavors take over. Vanilla and earthy notes, oak and nuts delicately balances the sweetness.

    Finish: Medium to long finish. Silky smooth texture, leaving ginger and vanilla lingering in your mouth…

    Macallan Edition No 2 offers a different flavor profile and character than his older brother, Edition No 1. It is also a sweeter expression. It is a great product overall and I highly recommend it. Especially to whisky enthusiasts with a sweet tooth…

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N- Initial wet box, follow by lifted sweet sherry, raisin and toffee with good doses of resinous oily texture to the nose. Mint, good strength with penetrating fresh citrus, may not be old but superbly well compose.

    P- Medium body. Treacle sourish sweet evolved to pickled ginger, vanilla and dried fruits, figs, as well oily orange peels. Quality chocolate, good strength and balance.

    F- Medium-long, smooth with American oak shines thru the palate. Plum, orange liqueurs and frizzy toffee. Smell, taste and ended deliciously. — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    The Macallan that hits all the right tone for me.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet malt and good amount of sherry, Milo, raisins, vanilla, oak, chocolate, orange concentrate, maybe Neslo?
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very close to the nose, very malty with sweet milk chocolate, a little café bombón, fruit cake, and end with some cinnamon tea and ginger cake.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, mouth coating with ginger and sweet chocolate malt drink.

  8. rolabob scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  10. svenske2015 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    When comparing Edition No. 1-3 directly, I choose this No.3 as my No.1. But I decided not to buy it, when it was at around 100 EUR, because for me the whisky itself was not worth that price. Well, I made the decision as a drinker and not as an investor or flipper.


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