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The Macallan Just Released Its Oldest Scotch Ever, Distilled at the End of World War II

Food + Drink
by Eben Diskin Jun 1, 2018

Having recently broken the record for the world’s most expensive whisky ever, with a bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926-60-Year-Old selling at auction for $1.1 million, The Macallan is now setting its sights on a different kind of record. In the world of liquor, age is a primary barometer for measuring prestige and The Macallan just unveiled the oldest single malt whisky it’s ever released, distilled 72 years ago — just after the end of World War II.

Befitting its respectable old age, the drink is called “The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique — The Genesis Decanter”. The 42-percent ABV scotch is described by the brand as “reminiscent of a time gone by, it carries an exquisite balance of strong, sweet oak with the peaty spirit shaping its refined character. The whisky delivers surprise after surprise as aromas of fruit follow distinctive hints of peat, all the way through the back of the mouth where it is finished off with a lingering hint of rich fruit and oak.”

Snagging a bottle will only set you back around $60,000 per 700-milliliter bottle. Pocket change compared to the $1.1 Valerio Adami, right? If you do actually want to get your hands on one, though, you might want to act quickly. Production of The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique is limited to just 600 decanters worldwide, available at select locations, exclusive airport retail stores, and The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience.

If you do visit their distillery in the Scottish Highlands, and they happen to be out of their limited-edition decanters, the trip won’t be a total waste. Whisky enthusiasts will enjoy multimedia experiences, a barrel room for “nosing” different cask types, their high glass wall containing over 840 Macallan archive bottles, and copper stills, where the distilled whiskey sits in oak for 12 years before being blended and bottled. When you’re finished, try some free samples at the bar, which has 952 bottles to choose from.

H/T: Food & Wine

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