The Macallan ‘Estate’ being released to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its new distillery.
The Macallan has used barley from their own Easter Elchies estate to make the new single malt on offer from July. The barley used from the Easter Elchies is only distilled over the course of one week every year and The Macallan website states that the Barley has only ever been used in the ‘most exclusive and sought-after’ releases in its prestige range.
The 485-acre Easter Elchies estate has been the home of The Macallan since 1824. The barley fields are right on the banks of the River Spey.
Sarah Burgess, Whisky Maker for The Macallan has said “The Easter Elchies estate lies within the legendary Speyside region of Scotland, a place of timeless natural beauty, and a place that The Macallan is proud to call home. With its wonderful sweet citrus hints and warming wood spice, The Macallan Estate is a rich, satisfying and complex spirit that pays homage to the fertile Speyside lands where The Macallan is located and celebrates the unrivalled craftsmanship for which we have been known since 1824.”
Estate is bottles at 43% and comes in an amazingly presented gift box with stone inlay (that stone being sourced from the Easter Elchies estate) and wonderful aerial photographs of the barley fields.
On top of all of this, The Macallan has priced the bottle in reach of all fans. Be they collectors or quoffers. It is said to be set for RRP of £195 when it lands in the UK later this month so we should see it here later in the year for around $350 (fingers crossed).
The Macallan give tasting notes as “an aroma of warm, comforting and homely notes of cinnamon. Wood spice and orange oil, opening into dried fruits with sweet lemon, banana, and caramel. On the palate you’ll get soft and warming with wood spice, opening into a dry oak flavor spiked with candied raisins and fresh fig. Moving into a sweet fresh orange and delicate fresh citrus, and the whole thing will finish with a sweet, citrus twist.”
But if you ask me, I am sure it is going to taste like a Macallan. If that is what you are into I wouldn’t wait too long to buy one. You know how long they last.