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The Macallan Fine and Rare Collection - Whisky Review

The Sweet Taste of Luxury

A range of Macallan Fine and Rare Collection bottles on display

Fine and rare. What images do those words evoke for you? A Rolls Royce Silver Shadow? A well-aged vintage of La Tache? Rita Hayworth’s performance in Gilda? For Scotch lovers, those words conjure up The Macallan, whose Fine & Rare Collection includes bottlings that date back to 1856.

We have always used the 18-year-old, mahogany-tinged vintage as our whisky benchmark, but it pales by comparison to Collection members like a 1945 bottling that commands £3,750 (just shy of $7,000). That vintage and the 25 succeeding vintages until 1972 were finally bottled in 2002, after years of maturation in sherry oak casks. Each of the Fine & Rare Collection is hand-filled from single casks, with only 10,000 bottles in all.

Some of the collection’s 19th century offerings created history, such as the 1.4 liter bottle from 1884, when the phylloxera problems in France’s wine regions also wiped out brandy production, driving demand up for other spirits. The carefully cellared and aged distillations have garnered record prices at auctions, along the lines of fine and rare Burgundies. If you are looking to impress the Scotch lover in your life, this is the perfect gift.

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The Macallan 50 Years Old whisky

The Macallan 50 Years Old

In February of 2006, Macallan released its limited edition 50 Years Old whisky in a sleek, specially designed Lalique crystal decanter. Made with Golden Promise barley, this single malt whisky has a deep amber color with notes of cumin, cardamom and dark prunes and chocolate on the palate. A long finish of sherry oak and peat smoke round out the intense and bold offering. The Macallan 50 Years Old, retailing at $5,995, is packaged in a leather-bound box with a booklet commemorating the partnership between Macallan and Lalique.

What could make a better gift?

The Definitive Guide to Buying Vintage Macallan gives fans the knowledge to purchase bottles for their collection

The Definitive Guide to Buying Vintage Macallan

If you're a Macallan fan, we recommend this guide to accompany your Scotch. With more than a 100 pages on the company's history, as well as a list of vintage Macallans available for purchase, this guide is a must-have for every Scotch enthusiast.

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