Bob Dalgarno, the Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker, collaborates with the Roca brothers to create its new limited series, Edition No. 2. The Roca brothers are co-founders of El Celler de Can Roca, twice voted world’s best restaurant. Together, they combined seven handpicked cask types from Vasyma, Diego Martin, Jose Miguel Martin and Tevasa bodegas.
Spain is a key element in the story of Edition No.2. Not only is it the home of the Roca brothers, it is one of the most influential factors in the final character and profile of The Macallan, due to the extent of the cask production and seasoning that takes place across the country.
“By collaborating with the Roca brothers, we have combined our knowledge of whisky making with their creative culinary expertise. The result – a single malt that challenges expectations,” Dalgarno said.
Edition No. 2 is another reminder of Macallan’s obsession with wood, following Edition No. 1. In the first edition, Macallan unlocks the workings of the intricate process of whisky making, while the second goes beyond the provenance of the oak and the expert crafting of the cask with a tasting note defined by real personalities.
“The harmony and balance of Edition No. 2 reflects not only the hand selected casks but the relationship that we have been developing with Joan, Josep and Jordi over the last few years – it is a powerful collaboration and one that I have loved being a part of.”
The European oak Tevasa casks selected by Bob Dalgarno define and carry the shape of Edition No.2 with characteristic notes of rich, dried fruit. This speaks of his ever curious, patient and empathetic character.
This is closely followed by notes of green wood and toffee from the Diego Martin casks selected by Joan Roca, American and European. These casks bring to life the generous, reflective and passionate nature of this co-creator. The notes of allspice and ginger come from the European oak Jose Miguel Martin casks selected by Josep Roca which denote of his complexity, warmth and maturity.
Finally, notes of citrus and light vanilla combine from the American oak Vasyma butts and puncheons chosen by pastry chef Jordi Roca which reflect the lively and vivacious aspects of his larger than life personality.
Josep Roca, Sommelier, El Cellar de Can Roca, said: “Our shared values and passions with The Macallan are taken a step further with our Edition No. 2 collaboration. Working with Bob to identity casks which reflect each of us personally was truly a unique and magical experience. We are really proud of this partnership and the exceptional whisky created as a result.”
With an ABV of 48.2% for a richer and fuller flavour, Edition No.2 presents a warm, spicy and complex character that brings to the fore notes of apple, oranges, toffee, dried fruit and vanilla.
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