Globe Platinum subscribers enjoyed a night of whisky as The Macallan spearheaded an exclusive virtual tasting session of its Edition Series last June 20, 2020.
This virtual event was led by Hans Eckstein, Brand Ambassador for The Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky in the Philippines, in the tasting room of The Refuge in Bonifacio Global City. He shared his experience and knowledge of the Edition Series to the participants, who each received a whisky flight kit at home which includes a tasting glass and whisky samples.
The Edition Series is a limited collection of expressions that are only produced once a year since 2015. Each release in this series looks beyond the traditional cask styles that Macallan produces and was formed through Macallan's mastery in the whisky making process and influence from its partners' diverse backgrounds.
"Every single cask that goes into each of these expressions is hand-picked by the whisky making team and selected for their individual characteristics—those are either from their flavor, aroma, even down to color. The other very unique thing about the Edition Series is that every release is a collaboration with other experts in their fields as well, showcasing the wide influence of the art of whisky-making with each of individual expression," Eckstein said.
The first whisky featured in the event was The Macallan Edition No. 2 that expresses an array of flavors from handpicked European and American old casks to tell a compelling story of wood and wonder. This golden syrup-colored whisky was made in collaboration between The Macallan's Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno and The Masters of Taste, the three Roca brothers, co-founders of El Celler de Can Roca which was twice named as the best restaurant in the world.
The Macallan Edition No. 3 was also formed in a sensory collaboration between Dalgarno and Master Perfumer Roja Dove, uniting the worlds of whisky and aroma to showcase the complexities of a single malt character. This barley gold-colored whisky has a sweet and fruity character, leaving a lasting impression on the senses.
The Macallan Edition No. 4 celebrates the world of architecture and design, and the whisky-making heritage, embodying the craftsmanship and innovative design of the new Macallan Distillery. This burnished copper-colored drink gives a zesty aroma, leaving a finish of long-lasting fruity and oaky sweetness.
Lastly, The Macallan Edition No. 5, in partnership with masters at the Pantone Color Institute, is inspired by the world of color. The latest masterpiece in the set celebrates The Macallan's natural color spectrum and the intricate whisky-making process to create a unique shade of purple that is featured on its packaging. This sunlight barley-colored whisky gives a sweet caramel and toffee taste, moving with hints of light oak spices and ginger.
The debut expression of the series was not included in the tasting set for since its release in 2015, it has become rarer to find and highly-prized among collectors. This natural honey-colored gem gives a soft and lingering finish and was drawn from eight of the finest European and American oak cask styles and sizes.
The Macallan Edition Series indeed exemplifies five unique characters in a single malt. Each whisky in this set depicts Macallan's unrivaled commitment to the mastery of wood and spirit since 1824.
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