The Macallan Concept Number 2: The second edition of the series

The whisky emphasizes the parallels between the art of whisky and music

With the second edition of the Macallan Concept series, the Highland distillery wants to emphasize the similarities between whisky crafting and creating music: Steven Bremner is not only a Maccallan whisky maker, but also a passionate DJ. In the Macallan Concept Number 2 he was able to bring in both passions.


Layering of sounds meets layering of aromas

Bremner said: “Music has inspired many aspects of my life, both creatively and practically, as has whisky, so the creation of Concept Number 2 allowed me to look at my two passions through a different lens. Creating a track and crafting a single malt can take a similar path. Beginning with the layering of sounds just like the layering of different flavours from specific cask types. Each different cask brings its own influence to the character of the liquid, like each instrument, or sound, adds depth to a track. In both cases, we can alter each different element to play up or down particular sounds or flavours.”

For the 2019 Macallan Concept Number 2, whisky from sherry-seasoned American oak barrels was mated with Miguel Martin sherry and ex-bourbon barrels. The single malt has no age statement, it was bottled at 40% ABV.


Tasting notes for the Macallan Concept Number 2

Colour: Sunburst gold.

Nose: Rich toffee apple, with vanilla, warming oak spice and blackberry. Hints of nutmeg, rose water and pistachio.

Palate: Sweet toffee and dried apple with almond, cinnamon and gentle rounded wood spice.

Finish: Medium sweet, smooth with hints of spice and toffee to finish.

The first of the series was the Macallan Concept Number 1

The Macallan Concept Number 1 was released in 2018. With this edition, Macallan said, maturation was turned upside down: the whisky was subjected to a double maturation in two types of casks, but contrary to common practice, the maturation was started in seasoned sherry casks, followed by a maturation in ex-bourbon barrels for approximately the same time. How long this maturation time was is not revealed. While in the second Macallan Concept edition whisky maturation and music are compared, Macallan chose surrealistic artwork for Number 1 – surrealism often turns the reality upside down. The design was created by French artist Albert Simone.