The Macallan Edition No. 3 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

From Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno and Master Perfumist, Roja Dove comes this incredible Edition No. 3, an ethereally balanced sensory experience comprised of six American and European oak casks.
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Situated on a ridge above the banks of the River Spey, the Easter Elchies House has been the spiritual home of The Macallan for over three centuries. In 1820, Alexander Reid began renting the home from Sir Lewis Grant of Grant. Reid was a farmer, and soon after he sowed the fields surrounding the home with barley, Reid established the first licensed distillery on the estate, which he named Macallan after an ancient church that had been destroyed by fire during the 15th century. In the winter — when there was little activity on the farm — Reid would ferment and distill his excess grains into whisky, which was often drunk straight from the still or sold to travelers passing through the town.

Today, the Macallan Estate encompasses 370 acres, 95 of which are devoted to the production of the Macallan Estate's Minstrel barley (a single acre produces about 2.5 tons of barley each year, enough to yield 1,800 bottles of The Macallan). In addition, the distillery contracts with farmers to purchase barley that is low in nitrogen and high in starch, resulting in a rich and oily whisky.

After the barley is harvested in late August and early September, it is malted before being mashed in one of The Macallan's two mash tuns, a process that takes between four and eight hours. Then, the barley is fermented with a specially cultured yeast before being distilled twice through The Macallan's copper-pot stills. The copper comprising the stills acts as a catalyst and enhances the formation of sweet esters while minimizing impurities such as sulphur. In addition, the curiously small stills — some of "the smallest stills within the Scotch whisky industry," according to production manager Alexander Tweedie — produce a whisky with a dense, oily flavor.

Following distillation, The Macallan distillers remove the heads and tails of the whisky and collect approximately 16% of the spirit to fill into casks for maturation. This "cut," which is among the highest of any Scottish distillery, results in a more full-bodied and rich whisky.

Born of two art forms, Edition No. 3 unites the worlds of whisky and aroma to showcase the power of the senses in creating and experiencing The Macallan. Realized in collaboration with Master Perfumer Roja Dove, Edition No. 3 is an intriguing combination of two types of oak casks - European and American. Together these casks create a distinctive single malt with a rich and fruity character that balances the classic flavors of The Macallan with citrus, vanilla, florals and fresh cut oak.

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Proof 96.6 (48.3% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name The Macallan Distillery
Size 750mL
The nose harbors refined notes of sweet vanilla, oak, and delicate floral aromas. This is followed by citrus essential oils, baking spice and ginger, cocoa, and soft oak. The palate is not cloyingly sweet with flavors of fruit, vanilla and crisp orchard fruits, folowed by baking spices and powerful oak. The finish leaves a beautiful impression on the senses with a lingering, sweet, delicious fruit note.
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