We’ve highlighted quite a bit of Macallan on here in recent years but this expression is a bit different. Every now and then, Macallan release something a little special but don’t make it easy to get your hands on. Such as this Estate Reserve Ernie Button Limited Edition, which has been exclusively matured in seasoned Spanish sherry hogsheads. Macallan pride themselves on their mastery of wood from which each cask is made and of course their spirit, something they’ve done since 1824. It is these exceptional casks that transform their rich ‘new make’ spirit into this exclusive release. This is the Estate Reserve Capsule Edition of the Ernie Button Masters Of Photography series.
On the nose: you’ll experience an initial waft of sherry, dried mixed fruits (raisins) and vanilla. This is followed by notes of fresh fruits, dark chocolate and toffee. You’ll get a bouquet of butterscotch and the spiciness of cinnamon and cloves, followed by suggestions of citrus. Rounding off the nose is a touch of honey and a hint of wood smoke. On the palate: it has a lovely milky texture and those sweet sherry notes are present, followed by vanilla, marzipan and an undertone of a mossy like note. Those spices nosed start to emerge, alongside some star anise. Going back for more, a leathery note starts to appear, followed by note of tobacco, a toasted note, alongside a hint of dried figs, oranges and walnuts. The finish: is long, sweet, with lingering mixed dried fruits, spices, dark chocolate and oranges.
The verdict: As you know, The Macallan as a brand are so well revered around the world and this limited edition Estate Reserve Ernie Button expression from the distillery based in Craigellachie, Speyside – is just a drop of beauty. This is a Scotch that on the nose is rather rich and complex but on the palate is much mellower than one would’ve thought. It is a delicately balanced scotch but balanced to perfection – from nose to finish it is truly stunning. With an ABV of 45.7%, this is probably not a Scotch that I would add any water to but if you feel the need then only add in small quantities until it just right for you.
The Macallan Estate Reserve Ernie Button Capsule Collection Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the is available online or in well-stocked Whisky Shops, for approximately £300
For more information on this limited edition Estate Reserve Ernie Button, visit the official Macallan website.