The Roca brothers, who run Spain’s esteemed El Celler de Can Roca restaurant, have teamed up with The Macallan once again, this time to release a limited edition single malt whisky finished in casks from four Spanish bodegas.
The limited edition release aims to “unlock the workings” of the whisky-making process and give consumers the chance to “explore how the whisky was created” through cask crafting, oak provenance, seasoning and size.
Created by Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan’s master whisky maker, and the Roca brothers, co-founders of restaurant El Celler de Can Roca; the whisky features seven whiskies hailing from Vasyma, Diego Martin, Jose Miguel Martin and Tevasa bodegas, handpicked by the collaborators to represent different aspects of their personality.
The European oak Tevasa casks selected by Dalgarno define the whisky, with notes of rich, dried fruit – to represent his “ever-curious, patient and empathetic character”.
Notes of green wood and toffee from the American and European Diego Martin casks selected by Joan Roca represent his “generous, reflective and passionate nature”, while notes of allspice and ginger from European oak Jose Miguel Martin casks denote Josep Roca’s “complexity, warmth and maturity”.
Notes of citrus and light vanilla from the American oak Vasyma butts and puncheons selected by Jordi Roca reflect his “lively and vivacious” qualities.
Dalgarno said: “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.
“The driving force behind the Edition Series is the freedom we have to explore different and distinctive casks, some that might not typically be used in other Macallan whiskies.
“With wood at the very heart of this series, we very much enjoyed the opportunity to delve into each individual cask, discovering the style and the special influence it can impart on the resulting whisky.
“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.”
Josep Roca, sommelier, 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.”
Bottled at 48.2% abv, Edition No. 2 is said to have a “warm, spicy and complex character” with key notes of apple, oranges, toffee, dried fruit and vanilla.
The Macallan Edition No. 2 is available in specialist whisky retailers for an RRP of £65.