The Macallan Fine and Rare Collection - Whisky Review
The Sweet Taste of Luxury
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.
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
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.
Find out more at The Macallan official website
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?
FINE AND RARE BOOKS
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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