To celebrate The Macallan’s newest addition to their Fine & Rare collection – the inimitable 1990 edition – a group of media, content creators and collectors ventured to Aspen, Colorado for a sip of the rarefied single malt scotch whisky. From last year’s delicious Harmony Collection Rich Cacao bottling to the unparalleled majesty of this year’s 81-year-old The Reach (the acclaimed Speyside whiskey maker’s oldest expression), The Macallan continues to soothe the voracious market for its liquid through creative solutions and carefully considered releases. Although 1990 doesn’t seem that far off, this particular limited edition has matured for 30 years – and with that number comes a rich (all-natural) rosewood color and depth of flavor that rivals anything in the brand’s portfolio. .
How does a $17,921 Macallan taste? There were several indicators before our dram. The former, of course, is the highest proof, with the 1990 edition registering at 54.9% ABV. Second, and far more important, is the fact that this rare liquid was drawn entirely from a single, first-fill, sherry-seasoned American oak cask.
While this information informed expectations, nothing compared to when the flavors of the drink entered our noses and soon after coated our palates. The brand refers to “old” oak as an aroma and which, together with the notes of orange, sweet peach and honey, is at the heart of the olfactory experience. Comprised of a long, ever-developing flavor profile, the almond and vanilla attributes give way to a delicious bouquet of dried fruits and baking spices.
“Fine & Rare 1990 was selected for its balance, influenced by harmony of spirit and its use of particular sherry-seasoned American oak barrels and time spent inside,” Raquel Raies told COOL, The Macallan’s Regional Education Manager for the Americas. HUNT. “The whiskey was aged in a single sherry seasoned American oak cask for 30 years which created such a unique color and flavor to the whisky. It is absolutely a handcrafted product of its time.
It is, absolutely, a handcrafted product of its time.
Raies adds that, while singular in its presence, the liquid bears The Macallan signatures for those familiar. “The flavor profile will lend itself to livelier notes such as rich vanilla and honey reminiscent of those found in The Macallan Double Cask range, which is primarily aged in our American Oak Sherry Casks as well as Sherry Casks European oak,” she says.
For anyone unfamiliar with The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection, which includes 58 individual versions representing eight different decades, Raies explains that it “tells the story of The Macallan from 1926 to 1993, offering insight into the flavor characteristics and flavor of our single malt over time, she adds, “Each vintage is a precious reminder that we write our own stories and each of these wonderful whiskeys is a testament to the people who crafted and nurtured them.”
“The Macallan continues to expand the range with exceptional new vintages to maintain the collection as the finest and rarest range of single malt whiskeys ever produced,” concludes Raies. The latest, of course, is 1990 – and each of the 467 bottles is packed in an FSC-certified European oak box, produced by Moran’s Wood Components, a family-run manufacturer in England dedicated to craftsmanship and responsibility. environmental. It’s another refined twist on a category flagship.
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