We’ve just had news that the oldest ever release from Macallan, an 81-year-old single malt distilled way back in 1940, has landed at Master of Malt. Yes, Macallan Reach is here!
Macallan Reach caused something on a sensation when we reported on its launch earlier this year. Now it has arrived at Master of Malt. Scroll down to find out how you you can get your hands on a bottle. But first a recap:
An 81-year-old Macallan
Macallan Reach is very very old. It’s an 81-year-old single malt, distilled in 1940, just before the distillery closed down for the duration of the second world war. And it’s very very rare. It comes from a single sherry-seasoned cask and only 288 bottles have been filled. RRP is $125,000 / £92,000 / €110,000.
But what the most striking thing about the Macallan 81 Year Old isn’t the price, the age, or the rarity. It’s the packaging. We’re used to carved wooden boxes and hand-blown decanters but the Macallan has really gone to town with this one.
The Macallan Reach comes in a glass decanter, naturally, but then the decanter is held up by three hands cast in bronze by sculptor Saskia Robinson. According to the press bumf: “Each hand represents characters in The Macallan’s history and their unique story. One commemorates the Distillery workers of 1940 who crafted the spirit into existence, in challenging times, over eight decades ago. Another is the hand of one-time chairman, Allan Shiach, whose grandfather headed the company when this remarkable spirit was first consigned to its cask. The third is that of today’s master whisky maker, Kirsteen Campbell, who carefully selected the 1940 cask used to create The Reach, deciding that now was the time to share this precious whisky with the world.”
Kirsteen Campbell added: “It is an honour to introduce The Reach. Created during a turbulent time in the world, this extraordinary expression showcases The Macallan’s history, ingenuity, and unmistakable strength of character. The creation of many hands, The Reach has been a truly collaborative effort. It’s also a tribute to the people who made this precious whisky, and their enduring spirit which never wavered.”
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