Macallan 81 year old world oldest whisky

The spirit has been maturing since the Second World War after being laid to rest in 1940 – just before the distillery was forced to close its doors for the first time since it was founded in 1824 due to the conflict.

Now one of the rarest of single malts, christened The Reach by Macallan, is poised to hit the market.

The dark spirit comes in a decanter cradled by a bronze sculpture of three hands.

Each hand represents characters in Macallan’s history – one symbolising the distillery workers of 1940 when the country was at war, another of one-time chairman Allan Shiach whose grandfather was in charge when the spirit was consigned to its cask and the third of today’s master whisky maker Kirsteen Campbell, who selected the 1940 cask.

Mrs Campbell said: “It is an honour to introduce The Reach. Created during a turbulent time in the world, this extraordinary expression showcases The Macallan’s history, ingenuity and unmistakable strength of character.

“The creation of many hands, The Reach has been a truly collaborative effort. It’s also a tribute to the people who made this precious whisky, and their enduring spirit which never wavered.

“Its deep auburn hue is the first hint of this remarkable whisky’s astonishing depth. Offering notes of dark chocolate, sweet cinnamon and aromatic peat, leading on to treacle toffee, crystalised ginger and charred pineapple, before giving way to an intensely rich, sweet and smoky finish.”

  • Colour: Deep auburn
  • ABV: 41.6%
  • Nose: Dark chocolate, sweet cinnamon, aromatic peat, plums, leather, pink grapefruit, redcurrant jelly and a rich resinous note.
  • Palate: Treacle toffee, bramble jam, liquorice, crystalised ginger, nutmeg, charred pineapple, pecans, woodsmoke.
  • Finish: Intensely rich, sweet and smoky.

With only 288 bottles made worldwide, the bottle will be most highly sought after from collectors and will increase in value direct after the release.


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