Dear Whiskey Lovers!
Three of the oldest and most valuable editions of The Macallan “The Red Collection” are finally with us!
These extremely rare single malts are among the oldest scotch whiskies in the world, and the 74-year-old and 78-year-old are the oldest distillates ever bottled by a distillery.
In October 2020 Macallan Distillery released The Red Collection consisting of six extremely rare whiskies aged from 40 to 78 years. Red is a significant color in the distillery history, starting with the founder Alexander Reid whose surname means ‘the red one’, through The Macallan’s ‘Choice Old’ launched in 1903 by then owner Roderick Kemp and shipped in cases labelled with red print to distinguish it from Macallan’s ‘regular’ whiskies, which featured black labelling and finally to Allan Shiach, who in 1980 marked then oldest vintages, dated 1938, 1940 and 1950 with red ribbon to denote their age and value. Each bottle in the collection comes in an oak presentation box made from the same European oak used to craft Macallan’s casks, lined with soft red Scottish leather from Scottish supplier Bridge of Weir Leather. Each of presented edition is hand-signed by Sarah Burgess, lead whisky maker for the Macallan. (Ms. Burgess tasting note.)
THE MACALLAN 71 YEARS OLD, THE RED COLLECTION /41,6%/
Nose: a sweet and spicy opening with wood spices, soft ginger, nutmeg and orange peel moving into rich vanilla reminiscent of crème brûlée. There are underlying notes of honeydew melon and fig.
Palate: the sweet and spicy characteristics continue on the palate with a sweet ginger sponge moving into creamy vanilla flavors of baked custard tart. Finally moving into a combination of lapsang souchong and treacle tart.
Finish: a medium finish rich in wood smoke, peach and hazelnut.
THE MACALLAN 74 YEARS OLD, THE RED COLLECTION / 42,6%
Nose: a wonderfully sweet and fruity combination. Rich baked plum combined with orange oil and vanilla. Rich antique oak envelops the fruity and sweet combination and hints of rosemary are evident.
Palate: the aromatic peat is the first thing to appear and remains throughout the taste. In addition to the aromatic peat is a caramelized pear with toasted hazelnuts, moving into a rich clove and finally a cocoa dusted truffle. All whilst the aromatic peat remains steady .
Finish: a long dry peat rich finish with treacle toffee and light citrus.
THE MACALLAN 78 YEARS OLD, THE RED COLLECTION / 42,2%
Nose: a fresh fruit medley of apple, peach and grape moving into fresh lime and verbena. Antique oak and soft leather move quickly into a luxurious dark chocolate and dried fruit sensation. The dried fruits are a balance of dates and raisins. Finally, a rich inviting vanilla cake.
Palate: warming oak spice of nutmeg and ginger open into the rich dried fruit of raisin, prune, date and a hint of almond nuttiness. The oak rich whisky is warming yet dry with powerful treacle toffee and a baked apple sweetness.
Finish: a long thought provoking finish, all of the flavors from the nose and the taste make an appearance in this finish…. Remarkable.
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