Whisky Focus - The Macallan 1991 Fine & Rare Collection Review

The Macallan 1991 Fine & Rare Collection

6th February 2017

The Macallan 1991 unveiled as this years addition to the Fine & Rare Collection.

The Macallan 1991 Fine & Rare

As its name suggests, "The Macallan Rare Collection", is a collection of The Macallan's oldest maturing stock and the arguably the greatest range of vintage Scotch single malt ever released. Every year the range is augmented by the introduction of a new vintage release and this year the distillery has unveiled The Macallan 1991 as the newest addition to the Fine & Rare collection. The Macallan 1991 joins the rare collection of vintages which represent a liquid history of The Macallan, offering insights into the aroma and flavours characteristic of this single malt stretching back to the earliest release in the Fine & Rare Collection which was distilled in 1926.

The Macallan Fine & Rare collection, created to identify the very best of The Macallanís finest maturing stock, features some of the greatest vintage Macallan single malts ever released and the 1991 vintage is the next chapter in this liquid history of The Macallan, offering new insights into the aroma and flavour characteristic of this single malt.

The Macallan 1991 was distilled and filled to cask on March 28th 1991, cask No. 7021, an American oak Vasyma puncheon sherry seasoned in Jerez, Spain. After 25 years maturing it was selected by The Macallanís Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno for the The Macallan Rare Collection. It was bottled at 49.4% ABV, deemed by the Bob to be the ideal strength to fully realise and appreciate the intense yet soft palate of the 25 year old 1991 vintage.

The Macallan Manager of Brand Education and Fine & Rare Whiskies, Charlie Whitfield commented: "The Macallan Fine & Rare collection continues to charm collectors around the world and the demand grows with each new bottling. We are proud that since the very first release of the 1926 Fine & Rare that this collection of vintage single malts has come to stand for the best in the industry, commanding worldwide acclaim and admiration from single malt enthusiasts. The soft and refined velvety sweetness of this 25 years old vintage will not disappoint"

The Macallan 1991 Fine & Rare will have a retail price around $10,000 USD but you won't find it in the usual shops, even specialist whisky shops, if you are interested purchasing a bottle of the 1991 or any other bottle in The Macallan Fine & Rare collection please email; fineandrare@themacallan.com

In December 2016, a selection of The Macallan Fine & Rare bottlings from 1937 to 1990 was sold to a collector for US $500,000, breaking the record for the largest ever travel retail sale. If perhaps your are like myself and the Fine & Rare collection is out of your financial reach you will find the current Macallan whisky range available from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt

The Macallan 1991 Fine & Rare Review

Bottled at 49.4% ABV

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Apple, dried fruit and vanilla are followed by ginger, nutmeg and almonds.

Taste: Sweet spice, raisin and fig.

Finish: Notes of fruit, soft oak and velvet sweetness.

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