This 71-Year Single Malt Pays Tribute To The Macallan’s Very First Custodian

Aug 26, 2021

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As one of the most iconic whisky outfits in Scotland, The Macallan has even had its pot stills printed on the back of the country’s banknotes. However, the distillery wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of its early pioneers, which is why it’s decided to commemorate their efforts through a series of limited-edition spirits.

Dubbed the ‘Tales Of The Macallan,’ the first installment comes in the form of Volume I, an homage to The Macallan’s first custodian, Captain John Grant. As Laird of the Easter Elchies Estate, Grant effectively broke ground for what would become the site of the distillery. Thus, The Macallan has crafted a 71-year single malt and bottled it in a Lalique crystal decanter at 44.6% ABV. On the nose, the expression is supposed to have notes of grapefruit, oak, and vanilla, with complementing flavors of peach, apple, and sweet wood smoke through the palate and finish. As if that wasn’t enough, though, The Macallan has concealed the spirit within an 800-page almanac. Done up with illustrations by artist Andrew Davidson and bound by Shepherds Bookbinders, it chronicles Grant’s life as well as his relationship to The Macallan. Check it out at the link below.

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