The Macallan distillery has become something of a master of non-age statement Scotch whisky, a status gained through releases like Rare Cask Black and the various 1824 Masters Series bottlings. Joining these now is the new exclusive Scotch whisky Edition No. 1, the first in a line of limited-edition releases targeted towards American drinkers — hence the name No. 1.

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Heralding from the distillery’s new Edition series, it is a single malt whisky said to be drawn from eight distinct European and American oak cask styles and sizes, such as Tevasa, Vasyma, Hudosa and Jose Y Miguel, the casks infuse the Scotch whisky with flavor and character. Even the sweet honey color is attributed to the cask rather than artificial caramel coloring. The next step in crafting the limited edition whisky falls to Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno.

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The result is an aroma of orange, dried fruit and apple that comes from The Macallan orchard with a veil of vanilla, toffee and chocolate under oak. The palate is treated to nutmeg; cinnamon, fried ginger and toffee while fruit flavors make an appearance later. Bottled at strength of 48%, this limited edition may be strong for some but packs a rich flavor that gives way to a soft lingering finish.

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For those curious about Macallan non-age statement addictions, Macallan Edition No. 1 might be an interesting entry level Scotch whisky to consider before diving into the more expensive expressions, such as Rare Cask exclusive whisky.

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The new Macallan Edition No. 1 is just now coming to retailers, with a price range between $90 and $100. Luxury Safes, suggests you to pick up your best cigars, sit down, relax and appreciate this single malt whisky.

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