The Australian allocation of The Macallan’s Edition 5 single malt is expected to arrive in November, according to the brand’s importer Spirits Platform.
The purple-labelled release has been described as a tribute to the distillery’s “commitment to natural colour”. Landing at 48.5%, previous versions of the Edition series have retailed for approximately $200 locally in both major and independent retailers.
Macallan Whisky Maker Sarah Burgess said, “We can find much common ground between whisky making and colour creation and with Edition No.5 we have been able to explore and celebrate these two art forms.” The shade of purple on the label was developed by the Pantone Color Institute.
E150 is a caramel colouring agent widely used by the global whisky industry to darken or create consistency between batches of whisky. Naturally, colour comes from the cask during maturation and varies on a cask-to-cask basis, which is what The Macallan are drawing attention to with this release.
Exact cask make-up has not been disclosed but the distillery has offered the following tasting notes following the launch:
Aroma: Vanilla and toffee with notes of oak, nutmeg, ginger, lemon basil and pear.
Palate: Fresh and sweet with caramel moving into poached peaches and ripe pear. Quickly followed by a toffee sweetness with light oak spices in the form of nutmeg and hints of ginger in the background
Finish: Long and sweet