The Macallan unveils exclusive new whisky

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Home-grown homage: Macallan Estate has been made to honour the distillery’s Speyside location
Home-grown homage: Macallan Estate has been made to honour the distillery’s Speyside location
The Macallan has unveiled its latest release, a new single malt containing rare spirit distilled with barley grown at the Easter Elchies estate, the home of its distillery.

Bottled at 43% ABV, The Macallan Estate whisky is described as “rich and complex” with a “long finish”.

Created to celebrate the brand’s provenance and heritage, the new expression was made from the Speyside brand’s home-grown barley and is distilled once a year over seven days.

The Macallan Estate has notes of wood spice and orange oil on the nose, while the “sweet subtle hint of citrus” complements the brand’s traditional sherried richness.

Macallan said its home-grown barley had previously only been used to produce whisky for the "most exclusive" and "sought-after" releases in its prestige range.

Rich heritage

Sarah Burgess, whisky maker for The Macallan, explained that the new malt paid tribute to the Macallan Estate and its surroundings near the banks of the River Spey.

"Our Easter Elchies estate lies within the legendary Speyside region of Scotland, a place of timeless natural beauty and a place we are proud to call home," she explained.

“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 and celebrates the unrivalled craftsmanship for which we have been known since 1824.”

The whisky is presented in a gift box with aerial photography of the estate’s barley fields that surround Macallan's new £140m distillery, which opened last June.

Macallan Estate will be a global release, available initially from select whisky retailers in the US and Europe from July for around £195 per bottle.

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