The Macallan has unveiled the latest release in its Exceptional Single Cask range – a delicate expression that was distilled in 1950. An allocation of the release will be available to travellers through London Heathrow and Dubai airports, at The Macallan’s recently opened Boutiques.
The 1950s were a significant period in the history of The Macallan, with investment in new buildings on site, the modernisation of existing buildings and the first of The Macallan highland cows taking residence on site. The past 12 months have seen similar excitement at the distillery with the launch of the new distillery and visitor experience.
The discovery of the American first fill sherry butt cask that is now released as Cask 1950 marked a special moment for The Macallan’s whisky-making team, due to its intense aromas and flavours. The combination of antique oak and subtle peach notes, with a lingering peat warrants the regard that this cask is held in, with just 336 bottles available globally.
Suzy Smith, travel retail managing director at Edrington Global, says: “As the latest addition to the prestige product offering at our boutiques, The Macallan Exceptional Single Cask 1950 is an extremely rare bottling which we are confident collectors and connoisseurs will seek out not only for its scarcity, but also the unique way The Macallan is presented in this range.”
The Macallan Single Cask 1950 has an ABV of 53.4% and was bottled in September 2018, with the cask filled in November 1950. It has been aged in an American first fill sherry butt. On the nose is antique oak, with peaches and vanilla. The palate delivers wood spice, along with a warming citrus and ginger note. Peat hovers in the background and is prominent in the finish.