With only a total of five hundred bottles produced, Macallan’s 40-year old blended Scotch from their Sherry Oak line was exclusively released as a non-vintage $8,000 bottle. Out of the five hundred bottles made, only a limited 70 bottles were appropriated to the United States. Whilst, each bottle was labeled with a unique number and signed by Macallan’s master whisky maker, Bob Dalgarno. furthermore, the Macallan-40 year-old serves as the second non-vintage to be released in it’s long-standing history of distilling.
This fine bottle of 40 year-old scotch appears in a dark Autumn color, where it includes flavorful ingredients such as cinnamon, chocolate, dried fruit, ginger, and mellow wood smoke that have all been in a 40 year aging process within European oak sherry casks. Although the scotch is not the most exclusive or highest priced release by Macallan, the bottle is still easily a great scotch and an incredible spirit to add to your liquor collection.
The whisky might not have made it’s debut if not for this interesting story that made it an essential part of any connoisseur’s liquor collection. “Back in 2006, our distillery team was looking to create a 30-year-old expression for the Sherry Oak line,” states Charlie Whitfield, Macallan’s manager of brand education and prestige whisky. “After looking at a number of casks, they selected nine to make that 30-year-old. But Dalgarno had an instinct. He kept one cask behind and watched it. He found that at the age of 40, it was at perfect, peak maturity.”
“In terms of what makes the Macallan unique,” Whitfield says, “the most important factor is the exceptional oak casks we use. We control the entire process from acorn to cask. Unlike a car that depreciates when you drive it off the lot, a whisky of this quality will rise at auction. Right now, it’s retailing for $8,000, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it much higher on the block.”
The purchase process for the Macallan 40-year old Sherry Oak scotch is available by way of fine whisky retailers located in New York. Another option would be by partaking a sample at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air, Spago, or alternatively the Langham Huntington, Pasadena, in Los Angeles.
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