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The Macallan Edition No 1 Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside - Highlands, Scotland 700ML
$5699.99 price per bottle
On the nose: gorgeous. I almost want to abandon the review right here and just cuddle my glass sniffing this all night. At first it seems quite simple, in the classic aromas – textbook European oak dried fruits, executed perfectly – but give it a little while longer and even more starts to show through. Vanilla, golden syrup drizzled over a sponge cake. Apricots. Creme brûlée. Strawberry jam. Bird’s custard. Quite waxy, too.
In the mouth: quite possibly the nicest whisky mouth-feel I’ve had in a year or so. Gorgeous, plummy, viscous texture, delivering a wonderful sweet-savoury profile. Those dried fruits: raisins, figs, with damson jam. Mince pies. Walnuts. Burnt toast, burnt sugar. There’s just a fraction too much woodiness playing through here: the black pepper notes just don’t quite complete it. A touch – nothing more, nothing less, of Worcestershire Sauce, which feels like the wood prickle not quite marrying with the rest of the heady fruit profile. Though the dried fruits endure, there’s almost a touch of dark ale on the finish. Complex stuff.