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The Macallan No. 5 is straightforward and limited

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By Jayvee Fernandez

We’ve made it! It’s 2020 and The Macallan has released its first limited inspiration for the new decade, the Edition No. 5.

They call it Edition No. 5 because it is the fifth release of a brazen combination of chemistry and art to produce, well, a bottle with strikingly purple packaging.

Yes, it’s purple. Pantone purple. MAC001 to be exact, an official collaboration between The Macallan and Pantone, the stewards of color. Yes, it’s a marketing stunt and it’s there to assert the point that Macallan doesn’t use color additives and that the aged amber and golds come from the casks.

This is a sweet edition, literally more approachable than what I expected. On the nose, you get vanilla bean, chocolate truffles, malt, and a bit of sea brine. On the mouth, you get pretty much the same thing—it’s very bourbon and sherry forward with that long finish that makes a Macallan stand out due to its stubbed pot stills.

The Macallan No. 5 is definitely a collectible, only because it is a Macallan. And it’s purple. That’s a rarity in bottle marketing right there. A blind test would put this whisky on the above-average scale as there’s nothing truly complex about it. But then again, with everything happening in the world today, a straightforward sweet and slightly fruity scotch might be something we all need this 2020.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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