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Macallan M Lalique...$4499.99Colour: Rosewood
Nose: Dried fruits ripen, then soften showing off velvet sateen. Vanilla accompanies green apple hand in hand, neither taking the lead. Ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon create an ensemble in the background, with polished oak offering to overstate, yet never does, but plays with a depth of resinous, juicy oranges.
Palate: The palate opens rich in wood spices, slowly showing all their viscosity. Wood smoke flits in and out.
Finish: The heavier raisin and sultana flavours take over, meandering to a long full finish.
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Just Released In Limited Batch: $4,500 Macallan In Handmade Crystal Decanters
A humble beginning often leads to great things, witness The Macallan distillery. Founded in 1824 by Alexander Reid, a barley farmer and school teacher, The Macallan is today poised to release a single malt scotch, M by The Macallan, for a mere $4,500 a bottle. It’s a fair guess that Mr. Reid never envisioned this for his small off-season whiskey operation. Indeed, as recently as 2010 The Macallan 64 Year-Old in Lalique Crystal set a world record at auction, selling for $460,000. Clearly the barley farmers in Scotland are on to a good thing.
The bottling artistry behind M is the result of collaboration between legendary designer, Fabien Baron, famed crystal house, Lalique. The result is 1,750 individually numbered handmade, mouth-blown crystal decanters of M to be released worldwide in 2013; only 355 of them will be available in the United States.
Fancy crystal decanters are nice, but what’s inside matters most every time. Using what they term ‘curiously small stills’ (read: smaller than average stills) Macallan takes a prime cut from each distillation—coming in at a mere 16% of the total spirit distilled. The smaller stills expose more of the spirit to copper which yields the rich, fruity flavors that define The Macallan.
The Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno, describes M as “one of the richest and rarest whiskies ever pulled from The Macallan’s Spanish sherry oak casks, identified with more than 25 flavors including port-like notes and elements of brown sugar and dark chocolate.”
You can go for it now, or wait for an auction but if history is any guide you’ll pay even more.