The Macallan, internationally renowned by collectors and connoisseurs for producing some of most sought after whiskies in the world, is coming to Denver to debut its latest treasure…
Join 303 Magazine, on April 21- 24 at EXDO Event Center, for the exclusive release of Rare Cask — Macallan’s newest single malt Scotch whisky. Produced using “the industry’s finest most exclusive and expensive casks,” whisky lovers will be the first to enjoy samples of this fine spirit. With interactive tasting stations, this indulgent event will undoubtedly heighten your knowledge and palate. Come enjoy a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres while Macallan ambassadors take you on a guided tour of its revered portfolio of finely crafted whiskies. Read on to learn more about Macallan and get five interesting points about this unique distillery before
Five Things You Should know about The Macallan
1. It is famous for its unique production
The Macallan is crafted in, what is considered by the distillery world, curiously small stills. The size and shape of the stills allows the spirit maximum contact with the copper to provide a “ rich, fruity, full-bodied flavours so characteristic of The Macallan.” Macallan claims its distillery is comprised of only 14 stills, of which are so famous for its size that the image of these stills have shown up on the back of a Bank of Scotland £10 banknote.
Only 16 percent of the final distillation is taken from the stills to fill its oak barrels, an exceptionally small and selective cut that plays a major hand in The Macallan’s robust flavor. In addition, only 1 percent is used to make Rare Cask, making for a distinctively exclusive spirit.
The distillery prides itself on crafting its oak barrels by hand carving, seasoning and caring for the cask. It so serious about its barrels that The Macallan even has a “master of wood,” who hand selects all the finest casks to ensure its quality. The result is a collection of diverse barrels, each lending a special flavor profile. Spanish cherry seasoned oak fosters flavors and aromas of rich chocolate, orange and dried fruit, while American sherry seasoned oak build an aroma of light spice, vanilla, and citrus; American bourbon seasoned barrels lend flavors of oak and toasted coconut. All contribute not only to The Macallan’s famous flavor complex, but also to its color. This distillery does not use any artificial coloring and rather allows the maturation in the barrels to produce a whole spectrum of colors that remain true throughout its lifespan — unlike artificially colored whiskies.
Last month a bottle of Macallan whisky sold in Hong Kong for $631,850, making it the most expensive whisky ever purchased at auction. This rare single malt, called The Macallan Imperiale “M,” was created using seven different casks, which reportedly took Macallan two years to hand select out of 200,000 different barrels.
5. Rare Cask is a no-age “Statement Whisky.”
Most Scotch whiskies are characterized by age, with some of the world’s finest ranging into decades old. However, there’s a new trend in distilling called ‘”no-age” that focuses on taste rather than years. Some might think this is a short cut but The Macallan has shown through Rare Cask that plenty of care and craft goes into to producing a no-age Scotch. The process starts by selecting only the finest sherry casks from a region in Northern Spain, hand picked by the Stuart MacPherson, the aforementioned “master of wood.” Then master distiller, Bob Dalgarno, blends younger, brighter whiskies with older, more robust ones. As mentioned earlier, only 1 percent of its best makes the final cut. The result is what critics claim to be an “extremely elegant and restrained sherried whisky.”
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Article sponsored by The Macallan