The Macallan has unveiled the brand’s “oldest expression ever released.” The Reach, an incredibly rare 81-year-old scotch aged first distilled in 1940 during World War Two...
Drawn from a single cask in which it has matured for the past 81 years. Its peaceful existence contrasts the turbulent time when it was distilled in 1940. Slowly maturing over eight decades, its triumphant release allows us, in the present age, to reach back in history to that difficult time and is testament to Macallan's history, ingenuity and unmistakable strength of character.
While the deep auburn liquid has a gentle smoothness, in keeping with The Macallan’s signature taste, the complexity of its profile offers an array of flavours. There is a rich, sweet smokiness, attributable to the peat used when malting the barley and firing the stills during this period in time. The smoky note is subtle but unmistakable, complemented with antique oak.
This unique rare single malt is presented in a mouth-blown glass decanter, cradled by three bronze hands created by Scottish sculptor Saskia Robinson and featuring three individual fingerprint impressions of the hands that hold it high. The three hands pass an implicit nod to the decades that passed during the maturation of the whisky.
Macallan The Reach Tasting Notes
Bottled at 41.6%, these are Master Whisky Maker Kirsteen Campbell’s tasting notes for the Macallan The Reach.
Nose: Dark chocolate, sweet cinnamon, aromatic peat, plums, leather, pink grapefruit, redcurrant jelly and a rich resinous note.
Taste: Treacle toffee, bramble jam, liquorice, crystalised ginger, nutmeg, charred pineapple, pecans, woodsmoke.
Finish: Intensely rich, sweet and smoky.
Highly limited to only 288 decanters worldwide The Macallan Reach Single Malt is offered for $125,000 from Macallan domestic and travel retail stores worldwide, starting with The Macallan Estate Boutique in Speyside, Scotland.