The Macallan 50 years old: A journey of discovery in the modern era

The Macallan has unveiled a new and remarkably rare limited edition single malt whisky – The Macallan 50 years old.

A peerless single malt that has slowly matured over five extraordinary decades, The Macallan 50 years old reflects The Macallan’s journey of discovery in the modern era. It is a whisky defined by years of dedication and craftsmanship which reveals the unrivalled commitment to the mastery of wood and spirit for which The Macallan has been known since it was established in 1824.

The Macallan 50 years old was created at a time when the distillery had the future in mind. By increasing the number of curiously small stills that help to concentrate the ‘new make’ spirit, the foundations were established all those years ago to ensure the full-bodied, rich and fruity flavours and characteristic of The Macallan today.

Acquiring a robust elegance from these curiously small stills, the spirit was then laid down in exceptional handcrafted European oak sherry seasoned casks from Spain, and left to mature slowly and quietly for at least fifty long years. During these decades of slumber, it is the ancient wood that shaped the spirit – delivering the greatest contribution to the character, natural colour, distinctive aromas and full flavours at the heart of this single malt.

 The Macallan 50 years old is testament to the exceptional oak casks, which have been sourced, crafted, toasted and seasoned under the watchful eyes of The Macallan masters of wood and delivered through the years to the exacting specifications of generations of master distillers.

A rich and complex whisky presenting sweet oak vanilla and blackcurrant characters with a beautiful vibrant amber natural colour. Wood vanillas open on the nose with a hint of spice before ripe blackcurrants and an earthy tone combine, with a background of subtle peat, giving a rich body. The palate leads with flavours of sweet oak vanilla, fudge and toffee, soon making way for black pepper corns to provide a gentle warming, with deep sweetness joining from orange peels and figs. The finish is an incredibly viscous mouth coating, which is long and slightly dry from the subtle peat notes.

Nick Savage, The Macallan Master Distiller, said: “After being left to mature for half a century in our exceptional sherry seasoned oak casks, this wonderfully rare single malt is full of rich flavour and beautiful natural colour. Coveted by whisky connoisseurs and collectors across the globe, The Macallan 50 years old is an incredible addition to our expanding range of unique, mature whiskies and marks another pinnacle of The Macallan whisky makers’ art. With a finite volume of 200 bottles worldwide, this is a highly limited and expertly crafted release, providing the chance to own something world-class and extraordinary.”

Bottled at an ABV of 44% The Macallan 50 years old is presented in a luxurious solid oak box featuring an etched face inlaid with a matte gold badged age statement. This 2018 release will be available from 2018 and will be limited to 200 bottles worldwide, priced at £25,000 for the 70cl bottle.

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The Macallan 50 years old

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