In recent years, the value of rare and collectible whiskeys has skyrocketed, with the price of bottles reaching nearly US$2 million (6,43,97,000 THB). These record sales are great publicity, but once the bottles hit the auction market, their price often eludes the distillery. However, distillers can control how long a whiskey ages, and as interest in Scotch has grown steadily, producers have dived into their cellars to set a different kind of record: more and more versions older.
The oldest whiskey in the world – Macallan, 81 years old
Scottish producer The Macallan, by most accounts the world’s most coveted whiskey brand, has announced a new “oldest whiskey ever” (in cask age, not bottle age) . Distilled in 1940, this World War II survivor, named The Reach, was aged for 81 years before being bottled last year in anticipation of its release this month.
Probably not by chance, The Macallan Reach is a year older than an 80-year-old Glenlivet (also bottled in 1940) which was touted as the oldest single malt whiskey of all time when it was announced the year last. By releasing an 81-year-old, The Macallan are able to reclaim that title they previously held when they released their 78-year-old Scotch in 2020.
Needless to say, the world’s oldest scotch won’t come out in a screw cap, especially with a price tag of US$125,000 (THB 40.24,812). So, as usual, The Macallan has pulled out all the stops with the packaging: each of the 288 bottles, all from a single sherry cask, arrives in a blown glass decanter cradled by a bronze sculpture of three hands , courtesy of sculptor Saskia Robinson. . The Macallan adds that the decanter is even “indented with subtle fingerprints that match the hands holding it.”
“It is an honor to present The Reach. Created during a turbulent time in the world, this extraordinary expression showcases The Macallan’s history, ingenuity and unmistakable strength of character,” said Kirsteen Campbell, Master whiskey maker at The Macallan.” The creation of many hands, The Reach was a truly collaborative effort. It is also a tribute to the people who made this precious whisky, and to their enduring spirit which has never wavered.
If you choose to open your $125,000 (THB 40 24,812) bottle of whisky, Campbell says to expect “amazing depth [with] notes of dark chocolate, sweet cinnamon and aromatic peat, leading to molasses caramel, crystallized ginger and charred pineapple, before giving way to an intensely rich, sweet and smoky finish.
The Reach is on display at the Macallan Estate from today.
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(Main and feature image credit: Courtesy of The Macallan)
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