Tuesday, November 15, 2016


The Macallan, has announced the launch of a new limited edition expression, produced using seven handpicked cask types from four different Spanish bodegas.

The Macallan Edition No.2 (48.2% ABV) is said to unlock the workings of the intricate whisky making process and give consumers the chance to explore how the whisky was created. From the provenance of the oak to the expert crafting of the cask.

The Macallan - Edition No.2

Produced as part of a collaboration between Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker and the Roca brothers, co-founders of El Celler de Can Roca, this latest release from the Aberlour based distillery, has been shaped not only by the use of seven exceptional oak cask types, which contribute up to 80% of the character of The Macallan, but by the creative spirit of each of the collaborators.

Spain is a key element in the story of Edition No. 2. Not only is it the home of the Roca brothers, it is one of the most influential factors in the final character and profile of The Macallan, due to the extent of the cask production and seasoning that takes place across the country. The seven cask types that underpin Edition No. 2 have been taken from four Spanish bodegas – Vasyma, Diego Martin, Jose Miguel Martin and Tevasa.

The European oak Tevasa casks selected by Bob Dalgarno are said to define and carry the shape of Edition No. 2, with characteristic notes of rich, dried fruit. This is closely followed by notes of green wood and toffee from the Diego Martin casks selected by Joan Roca.

The notes of allspice and ginger are said to come from the European oak Jose Miguel Martin casks selected by Josep Roca. The notes of citrus and light vanilla combine from the American oak Vasyma butts and puncheons chosen by pastry chef Jordi Roca.

Commenting on the news, Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker, said: “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.”

He went onto say: “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.”

The Macallan Edition No.2, will be available later this month from specialist retailers for a RRP of £65.00.

Posted by Steve Rush