The Macallan unveils Edition No.5

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Today marks the launch of The Macallan Edition No.5 - a homage to the diversity and complexity of natural colour. 

Inspired by a coming together of whisky making mastery and colour expertise, this single malt celebrates both The Macallan’s commitment to natural colour and the intricate whisky making process. 

World renowned colour masters at the Pantone Color Institute created a uniquely bold shade of purple for the packaging and bottle label; reflecting an intricate combination of red and blue. 

Sarah Burgess, The Macallan whisky maker, 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. Whilst colour development starts with mixing basic colours with precision to achieve different shades, for whisky making, it is the knowledge and understanding of a specific palette of colours from the cask which is the starting point.  From here we can craft the desired character and specific colour of the final whisky”.

Only American oak casks were handpicked for this single malt, primarily for their colour, in order to deliver a whisky with a wonderfully full flavour. The result is beautiful sunlit barley that is accompanied by an intriguingly intense flavour profile, hosting sweet notes of caramel and fresh fruit combined with oak spices.

Tasting Notes:

  • Aroma – vanilla and toffee merged with spices of oak, nutmeg and ginger with hints of lemon basil and pear
  • Palate – Buttery caramel moves into poached peaches and ripe pear
  • Finish – Sweetness with light, lingering oak spices 


Edition No.5 will be available at liquor retailers, selected on-trade accounts, The Macallan boutiques at airport and The Macallan Distillery & Visitor Experience from 28th September with an RRP of £92.