The Macallan Unveils its Oldest Whisky Ever Released

The Macallan has unveiled The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique — The Genesis Decanter — a new limited-edition Scotch whisky to celebrate the new Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience which opened its doors on June 2, 2018.

The Genesis Decanter is the oldest whisky ever released by the distillery. It’s available for purchase in the United States, this coming September, for an estimated retail price of $65,000 each.

It carries a balance of strong, sweet oak with the peaty spirit shaping its refined character, the company says, with aromas of fruit followed by hints of peat, finished off with a lingering hint of rich fruit and oak.

Distilled back in the 1940s, The Macallan 72 Years Old comes in a bespoke crystal decanter handcrafted by Lalique, with sloping lines that reflect the unique roof of the new distillery. 

The Genesis Decanter is housed in a bespoke presentation case, designed by Burgess Studio and inspired by the interior of the new distillery, with a curved wooden roof over the decanter, and a footprint taken directly from the circular layout of the three new stillhouses. Handcrafted by The Royal Warrant holding cabinet makers, NEJ Stevenson, using only sustainably sourced timbers, the exterior is waterfall bubinga, the company says, with each bowl carved from mahogany layered with light maple. All drawer linings and fitments are hand-applied in pure suede and fabric, with latches and hinges in solid brass.

The Macallan 72 Years Old single malt will be rolled out globally this fall and will be limited to 600 decanters worldwide (156 allocated to the U.S.).

Along with opening its new distillery and unveiling this historic product, The Macallan also recently announced a redesign for its core portfolio

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