The Macallan has released its latest limited-edition, bringing together seven cask types from four different bodegas. The release is titled Edition No. 2.
The masters behind this collaboration are Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan’s master whisky maker and the Roca brothers, co-founders of El Celler de Can Roca, twice voted best restaurant in the world.
The whisky is a blend from whiskies rested in seven different cask types from four Spanish bodegas: Vasyma, Diego Martin, Jose Miguel Martin and Tevasa.
The European oak Tevasa casks were selected by Bob Dalgarno to define and carry the shape of Edition No. 2. Diego Martin American and European oak casks were selected by Joan Roca, European oak Jose Miguel Martin casks were chosen by Josep Roca, and finally, American oak Vasyma butts and puncheons were chosen by pastry chef Jordi Roca.
Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan’s master whisky maker, says: “By collaborating with the Roca brothers we have combined our knowledge of whisky making with their creative culinary expertise. The result - a single malt that challenges expectations.
“The driving force behind the Edition Series is the freedom we have to explore different and distinctive casks, some that might not typically be used in other Macallan whiskies. With wood at the very heart of this series, we very much enjoyed the opportunity to delve into each individual cask, discovering the style and the special influence it can impart on the resulting whisky. The harmony and balance of Edition No. 2 reflects not only the hand selected casks but the relationship that we have been developing with Joan, Josep and Jordi over the last few years – it is a powerful collaboration and one that I have loved being a part of.”
Josep Roca, sommelier, El Celler de Can Roca, says: “Our shared values and passions with The Macallan are taken a step further with our Edition No. 2 collaboration. Working with Bob to identity casks which reflect each of us personally was truly a unique and magical experience. We are really proud of this partnership and the exceptional whisky created as a result.”
The Macallan Edition No. 2 is available at an ABV of 48.2% and can be purchased in specialist whisky retailers for an RRP of £65.
7 December 2016 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editorial assistant