December 17, 2013 – The Macallan brags about its “Six Pillars” of quality, and has now released the fifth of six “Six Pillars” expressions in conjunction with Lalique. The latest in the series is “The Spiritual Home”, a 62-year-old Macallan distilled in 1950, matured in American Oak sherry casks, and bottled at 53.1% ABV in an exclusive Lalique crystal decanter. It is named after the Easter Elchies mansion on the grounds of the Speyside distillery, which is said to be The Macallan’s spiritual home.
Since 2005, The Macallan has released 50, 55, 57, and 60-year-old single malts in bespoke Lalique crystal decanters honoring one of the “Six Pillars”. The bottlings have been highly sought by collectors, and the latest release carries a recommended retail price of ¢16,000 ($26,000 USD) in the UK, where 400 decanters will be available through whisky specialist retailers. There has been no word on how many decanters will be exported to other key markets around the world, including North America and Asia.
Last month, Edrington announced plans for a £150 million expansion project at The Macallan that will include a completely new distillery adjacent to the current one, which will be mothballed for future use when the project is completed in 2017.
Links: The Macallan