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Why The Macallan Edition No. 1 is not a Whisky for the Faint-hearted

The Scotch industry’s master of oak kicks off a brand new series with a powerful limited edition.

Non-age statement whiskies have been catching on for a while now, and perhaps the most ardent supporter of ditching the numbered label is The Macallan. Following in the footsteps of its 1824 series and, more recently, The Macallan Rare Cask, the distillery is releasing a new oak-forward range that begins with the Edition No. 1.

Every year, a selection of casks will be chosen to create an Edition as a way of showcasing the brand’s distinctive – and extensive – oak styles. Eight casks, which include a mix of European and American oak from four cask suppliers in Spain, were selected to create the No. 1.

The result is a powerful 96 proof whisky with the colour of honey, a nose of dried fruit and flavours of spices, ginger and toffee.

At $215 per bottle, this is one of The Macallan’s most accessible limited editions, but you should know that the liquid it holds is not. The flavour profile is bold and unyielding, and will reward only seasoned palates looking for something with real character.

Available at The Oak Cellar, #B1-51, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

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