Macallan Edition No.2, 48.2% ABV, $117 USD
- Nose: Classic Macallan-like sherry, heavy on the dates and raisins. Chocolate, orange, and lemon peel. Ever have Mackintosh’s Toffee? (Came in that red tartan-style plaid box) I get flashbacks of that. Also typical Macallan oak tannins, and spice.
- Taste: Thick sherry and oak notes. Again, dates and raisins with more chocolate and orange peel. I get a faint wood smoke, slight vanilla, bitter honey, and a spicy ginger.
- Finish: Long, oak-forward.
- Thoughts: I love this whisky! In my opinion it bridges the gap perfectly between the 12 and 18 year sherry. If you told me this was Macallan’s new 15 year old, I wouldn’t doubt you for a second. It’s got everything I like about Macallan and the higher ABV delivers it well. A little air in the bottle opens it up beautifully, highlighting the chocolate notes, and I really enjoy the oak finish. If you’ve been disappointed with Macallan’s NAS expressions, this one atones for the 1824 Series.
- Score: 90 + 0 value point(s) = 90/100
After my initial score I will add or subtract points relative on how I perceive value (based on what I paid for the bottle). A zero value means I think the price is justified.
0-69.5 – Don’t bother trying, life is too short for bad spirit.
70-79.5 – Worth trying, but you’re not missing out if you don’t.
80-84.5 – I recommend trying.
85-87.5 – Definitely try this!
88-92.5 – I recommend buying a bottle blind!
93-95.5 – Stuff you reserve for special pours!
96+ – The meaning of life.