Macallan Amber Meadow 44.2% NV

€ 140,00 (ex Vat)
169,40 (in Vat)
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Distillery Macallan
Bottler OB
Serie The Harmony Collection
Bottled for
Distilled date Not Specified
Bottling date 2023
Country Scotland
Region Speyside
Age
Cask Type Sherry seasoned oak & bourbon
Cask Number
Alcohol percentage 44.2
Volume 0,70
Condition In Original Box
Label Perfect
Stock 6

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BOW (88.50)

Macallan Amber Meadow 44.2%: A Symphony of Flavors in The Harmony Collection

In the illustrious realm of Scotch whisky, Macallan continues to shine as a beacon of excellence, and their latest offering, the Macallan Amber Meadow, takes center stage as the third edition in The Harmony Collection series. This exceptional single malt, bottled in 2023, is a testament to the artistry and dedication that defines Macallan's legacy. Let's delve into the intricate details of this exquisite expression, matured on a marriage of Sherry seasoned oak and bourbon casks.

The Harmony Collection:

The Harmony Collection is a series that encapsulates the essence of balance and craftsmanship, and Macallan Amber Meadow proudly takes its place as the third edition. With a harmonious marriage of flavors and a commitment to quality maturation, this collection seeks to create a symphony of taste that resonates with whisky enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.

Nose:

Upon the first encounter, the nose of Macallan Amber Meadow captivates the senses with a rich tapestry of aromas. Distinct notes of ripe orange and lemon peel offer a burst of citrus freshness, while the delicate scent of honeysuckle adds a floral elegance. The nose further unfolds with layers of vanilla and coconut, intertwining seamlessly with the subtle sweetness of barley, promising a sensory journey that begins with the very first inhalation.

Taste:

As the liquid touches the palate, Macallan Amber Meadow unveils a rich and complex flavor profile that reflects the meticulous craftsmanship of its maturation. The influence of Sherry seasoned oak is evident in the robust presence of rich oak, complemented by the zesty notes of lemon and the subtle sweetness of melon. Almond undertones add a nutty complexity, while the infusion of green tea flavors introduces a nuanced and sophisticated dimension to this exceptional single malt.

Finish:

The grand finale of Macallan Amber Meadow is marked by a finish that is as rich and indulgent as the journey preceding it. The sweetness lingers, offering a long and complex denouement that leaves a lasting impression. The interplay of flavors, from the initial burst of citrus to the warmth of oak and the subtle nuttiness, creates a harmonious conclusion that beckons for another sip.

Conclusion:

In the world of Scotch whisky, Macallan Amber Meadow 44.2% stands as a shining example of the artistry and dedication that define the brand. As the third edition in The Harmony Collection, this expression not only pays homage to tradition but also pushes the boundaries of flavor exploration. With a meticulous maturation process that combines Sherry seasoned oak and bourbon casks, Macallan Amber Meadow invites enthusiasts to savor a symphony of flavors that harmonize seamlessly, creating a sensory experience that is truly unparalleled.

Serge Valentin (85)

Ex-bourbon and sherry-seasoned oak. By rule, when there's no age statement, and yet a hefty price (220€), there is a story, in this case a collaboration with sisters Stella and Mary McCartney. Colour: gold. Nose: yet again this slightly rubbery leafiness, we're actually extremely close to the Triple Cask, just with a little more oomph. Fruit peel, orange zests, some flowers again (honeysuckle), then ripe bananas and a little light rum. Mouth: indeed you would almost believe they used the same juice as that of the Triple Oak. Some oak spices, green teas, bitter almonds, a few raisins, allspice, indeed a little rubber, cinnamon rolls… Finish: medium long, on teas and little demerara sugar, while the aftertaste remains rather leafy. More green tea and a little clove, typical active oak seasoned with young sherry. Comments: long live all the McCartneys – isn't Sir Paul NAS too?

Words of Whisky (83)

Nose: Opening up on notes of oranges, Mirabelle plums and satsumas. Slivers of honeysuckle too, as well as gorse and lawn clippings. That’s followed by just a touch of ripe bananas and marshmallows.
Taste: Decent mouthfeel with creamy vanilla, a good amount of oak spices, a touch of sultanas and some quinine. Also just a whisper of almonds, eucalyptus and ginger.
Finish: Medium. Somewhat dry. A hint of nutmeg, oak shavings, oranges and strong breakfast tea.

CONCLUSION
Not the most refined whisky, and that's mostly due to the (over)active oak. It imprints a spicy character on The Macallan Amber Meadow, which is not the first time I've experienced as such in NAS releases from this distillery. Decent whisky overall, but far from competitively priced.


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