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Macallan’s Clandestine Beverly Hills Hideaway

Richard Carleton Hacker

Astute travelers to the United Kingdom who notice the reverse side of the Bank of Scotland’s Tercentenary series £10 banknote will spot a vignette of the Macallan copper pot stills, the smallest in Scotland and part of the reason behind this iconic single malt’s rich, resiny taste. Consequently, this £10 note was the inspiration for the suitably named Ten Pound Macallan lounge, discreetly reached via a staircase winding up from the elegant Scarpetta restaurant in the Montage in Beverly Hills. A representative greets guests at the Montage entrance and escorts them to the lounge.

Here one will find an extensive selection of Macallan whiskies, starting with the 12 Year Old (symbolically priced at £10—or $16—a glass) and ranging all the way up to the 30 Year Old. Also on the back bar are selections from Macallan’s Old & Rare collection, including the Macallan 64 Year Old, the same spirit that was housed in the one-of-a-kind Lalique “Cire Perdue” (lost wax) decanter, which was auctioned off at Sotheby's last year; and the Macallan Royal Marriage, a special bottling released in 1981 that commemorated the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer and consisted of a vatting of Macallan single malts distilled in 1948 and 1961, the Royal couple’s respective birth years. A range of Macallan Fine Oak and Highland Park single malts are also available at this first-ever endeavor for the Macallan distillery.

Krug Champagne and specialty and traditional cocktails are offered as well. All drinks are served tableside in crystal glasses. For those who wish to chill their libations, three types of ice are available, including ice balls made from Scottish Highlands spring water. In addition, the lounge menu has a whisky-friendly bar menu that includes caviar, Hama Hama oysters, artisan cheeses, crispy bacon sticks, and aged bison tartare.

Although the Ten Pound Macallan lounge has no membership fee, there is a $50 minimum per person, and reservations must be made beforehand, as the dark, wood-paneled bar and adjacent patio and seating area only accommodate 36 people. Specific tables can be reserved, and the lounge may be booked for private events. Open from 5 pm until 1 am Tuesday through Saturday, preferred seatings are at 5 pm and 9 pm, with business casual attire suggested. (310.860.5808)

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