Sorry, but we won’t come back for the umpteenth time to explain the concept of “Macallan Pantone” (and it’s not a joke of ours, it’s the real truth), that is the “Edition” expressions in a numbered series, made in collaboration with the Pantone Institute: we refer you to our already immortal words written here and here, for example – but we also drank N.2, here.
Today, however, is a special day, because we taste the only really ‘rare’ bottling of the series, that is N.1: the result of the combination of 130 barrels ex-bourbon and ex-sherry (so yes, come on, rare but not too much, if the calculator is not mistaken…). It is the most sought-after Edition of the series, and if you’re lucky enough to find it on sale online, be ready to spend over 1000 €. So let’s thank Claudio Cantelmo (just one of his thousand pseudonyms, but it’s right that he remains a mystery) for the sample, since he had a bottle at home. Yes: he opened it. Crazy man.
N: very sticky, very deep nose. Toffee and white chocolate, sugared milk coffee. Not very fruity, we find only a few notes of strawberry jam, but those a bit too sweet and maybe burnt. Peaches with Amaretto. Are we forgetting the citrus, or rather the orange: soaked peel?
P: very good, satisfying. Here it is more fully fruity, with peach, lots of raisins, almonds and dried fruit, dried apricots… Then it turns towards something drier. Orange bitter? We can’t help but mention the malt, with Digestive biscuits. It’s also got something reminiscent of a warehouse…
F: nice and persistent, long and full. Lots of milk and hazelnut chocolate; more apart red fruit, raisins and orange.
Very pleasant, it wears the dress of the ‘real’ Macallans: wide shoulders and a nice complexity. Citrus fruits and chocolate are the most decisive hints of this malt, and – if this can make sense for others besides us – it is a sherried whisky mainly ‘brown’, not ‘red’: sorry, we got caught up in the Pantonesque climate. But come on, we liked it, and we give it 87/100.
Recommended soundtrack: Black Pumas – Colors.