The Macallan experience area will be showcasing two of its most exclusive whiskies in its current range, The Macallan M decanter and The Macallan 62-Year-Old in Lalique. In addition, three vintage Macallan Fine & Rare bottlings will also be displayed.
"The Fine & Rare collection represents one of the biggest feats of whisky-making, showcasing the way that whiskies mature over different years in different casks," says RGBC brand manager, Mac Mabidilala. "The series reveals the very heart of The Macallan, one of the few distilleries with sufficient maturing vintage stock to undertake such a project."
In 2002, The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection was created to identify the very best of The Macallan's oldest maturing stock and launch the greatest range of vintage single malt ever released. Since then the collection has been augmented each year by the introduction of a new vintage release. The full collection of vintages represent a liquid history of The Macallan, offering insights into the aroma and flavours characteristic of this great single malt stretching back to the earliest release distilled in 1926.
Over the years, the Fine & Rare range has underpinned The Macallan as the world's most valuable and collectable single malt whisky, dominating auctions around the world and setting world record prices, both at auction and private sale.
As pioneers of the market in vintage single malt, The Macallan has, over more than 30 decades now, excited a growing interest from connoisseurs and collectors in a number of exceptional releases, including a 50YO distilled in 1928, the legendary 1926. The auction market proved a barometer of this growing interest and success as the frequency of auctions featuring rare whiskies increased and prices rose, particularly for The Macallan which appeared at these auctions more often than any other single malt, acquiring a status all of its own.
The Macallan Fine & Rare was based on the simple premise that a selection of the very best single casks from each year of our maturing stock back to 1945 should be made available through the distillery much as a chateau-bottled fine wine is. The same principles of handcrafting throughout the whole process, from distillation through to maturation, final bottling and dispatch, applied as for a chateau-bottled wine and Fine & Rare comprises the only expression of The Macallan to be entirely managed on site at The Macallan by hand. The Macallan M
The Macallan M is one of the most expertly crafted whiskies in its history. Whisky maker Bob Dalgarno spent two years selecting the seven casks used to blend the M from over 200,000 casks ageing in the warehouse, finally deciding on his perfect seven, with ages ranging from 25 to 75 years.
The beautiful Lalique crystal bottles are available in limited numbers and retail for R54,000.
To underline the high regard in which this spirit is held, a specially made six-litre decanter surpassed expectations when it sold for US$628,000 on auction at the start of this year, making it the most expensive whisky ever sold. The large decanter stands over 71cm tall and weighs a substantial 16.8kg. The Macallan 62-Year-Old in Lalique
The Macallan 62-Year-Old in Lalique crystal is the fifth and penultimate bottling in the whisky-maker's Six Pillars series. Since 2005, The Macallan has been releasing a whisky at intervals of two years to commemorate the six pillars on which its whisky is based, each being older than the previous one. This installment features the second-oldest whisky ever produced by The Macallan and celebrates the brickwork of the Easter Elchies manor house, the spiritual home of The Macallan. These decanters are valued at R250,000. The Macallan Fine & Rare 1950
The Macallan Fine & Rare 1950 is a 52-year-old whisky valued at R183,000. The Macallan Fine & Rare 1956
The Macallan Fine & Rare 1956 is a 15-year-old whisky valued at R166,000. The Macallan Fine & Rare 1965
The Macallan Fine & Rare 1965 is a 36-year-old whisky released shortly after the turn of the millennium at an impressive full strength of 56.3% alcohol. It is valued at R110,000.