FrontRunners: Blow Out The Barrel

<< Back to Robb Report, March 2006

A simple glass container would not suffice for the Macallan’s (www.themacallan.com) most recent special release, a single malt aged for 50 years in Spanish sherry barrels. To ensure that the elixir had a worthy home, the distillery enlisted French firm Lalique to design a crystal decanter that resembles the casks in which the Scotch rested for five decades. “Each time I blow into the crystal ball to shape the decanter,” says Lalique glass master Jean-Claude Hertrich, “I imagine the Macallan whisky flowing in.”

 

The Macallan has just enough of the 50-year-old whisky—a deep, burnished gold–colored malt with rich flavors of cardamom, black cherries, and chocolate—to fill 470 decanters ($5,995 each), of which 100 are reserved for sale in the United States.

The limited-edition distillation pays tribute to the Norse god Odin…
The spirit distinguishes itself by employing Japanese ingredients and techniques…
Photo by Jeff Elkins
The cigar combines an Ecuadoran wrapper with Honduran and Dominican filler tobaccos…
Worldwide talents are leaving their marks at a Provençal winery.
A special barrel of Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon stunned the wine world when it sold for $260,000...
Only 250 cases of the Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch will be released…
FREE PREVIEW: The Masseto 2011 Toscana is among Robb Report’s 2015 Best of the Best selections…
FREE PREVIEW: The Mortlach 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky​ is among Robb Report’s 2015 Best...
The special release contains a blend of Cognacs aged for up to 35 years…
The 23-year-old scotch won a Best in Show award at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition…