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The Macallan Red Collection


15th October 2020
The Macallan Red Collection is a new collection of the oldest and rarest whiskies ever released from the Speyside distillery combining the distillery's oldest-ever ongoing bottlings a 40, 50 and 60 year old with a limited release of some of the oldest ever released by The Macallan a 71, 74 and 78 year old.

The Macallan Red Collection

The Macallan Red Collection is an extraordinary new, mature, aged series of single malt whiskies from the Macallan distillery, a distillery which is often coveted by whisky enthusiasts and collectors for its ruby red sherry influenced older aged single malts.

The Macallan Red Collection combines the distillery's oldest-ever ongoing bottlings with some of of the oldest limited release bottlings ever released by The Macallan. The youngest whisky in the collection is a 40 year old and incredibly the oldest whisky is 78 year old and even more incredible is the fact that three of the whiskies launching with the new collection are over 70 year old.

All the whiskies in The Macallan Red Collection are as follows, and as you can imagine you will need very deep pockets if you want to taste any of them:

  • The Macallan Red Collection 40 Year Old – RRP £11,300
     
  • The Macallan Red Collection 50 Year Old – RRP £37,500
     
  • The Macallan Red Collection 60 Year Old – RRP £49,000
     
  • The Macallan Red Collection 71 Year Old – RRP £58,500
     
  • The Macallan Red Collection 74 Year Old – RRP £61,500
     
  • The Macallan Red Collection 78 Year Old – RRP £65,500

At the heart of The Red Collection is the ongoing expressions of The Macallan 40 Year Old, The Macallan 50 Year Old and The Macallan 60 Year Old. These three single malts will anchor the range for years to come and they are the oldest ongoing expressions that the distillery has ever released.

From time to time the 40, 50 and 60 year old will be joined by special high aged guest releases, which contain some of the oldest bottlings ever released in The Macallan's history such as the Macallan 71, 74 and 78 year old whiskies The Red Collection is launching with, in fact the Macallan 74 and 78 year old are the oldest Macallan whiskies ever released.

Even given the price tag on The Macallan Red Collection I suspect they may sell very quickly so if you are interested in any of the bottles you will find them available from specialist online whisky retailers, they are already available from The Whisky Shop and will soon be available from The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

The Macallan Red Collection with exclusive labels illustrated by Javi Aznarez

To mark the release of The Macallan Red Collection a extremely rare, complete set of The Red Collection with exclusive labels illustrated by Javi Aznarez whose work will feature in Wes Anderson’s upcoming feature, The French Dispatch, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s to raise funds for global food charity City Harvest, which redistributes surplus from the food industry to vulnerable people across London. The Sotheby’s auction runs from 22 October to 31 October 2020 and is estimated to fetch between £200,000 and £800,000.

So what about the whisky in the bottles, well this is what The Macallan say that you can expect to find in bottles:
 

The Macallan Red Collection 40 Year Old Review


Matured in sherry seasoned casks and bottled at 48.1% ABV. Selected by Kirsteen Campbell, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Orange and grapefruit combining with dark chocolate, along with antique oak and wood spices, fig and poached pear.

Taste: Warm spices, with ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon with vanilla. Malty notes and fig are present throughout.

Finish: A long finish with delicate wisps of woodsmoke.
 

The Macallan Red Collection 50 Year Old Review


Matured in sherry seasoned casks and barrels and bottled at 45.1% ABV. Selected by Kirsteen Campbell, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Antique oak and soft leather, light floral notes, rich cocoa and black cherry and ginger.

Taste: A warming combination of dried fruits and wood spices moving into dates and dark chocolate, orange oil and hints of sultanas.

Finish: The finish is rich and complex with a long lasting aftertaste of raisins, dates and crème brûlée.
 

The Macallan Red Collection 60 Year Old Review


Matured in a combination of sherry seasoned and refill casks and bottled at 43.4% ABV. Selected by Kirsteen Campbell, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A combination of sweet and fruit notes, alongside baked peach and pineapple with figs and dates. Hints of leather merge creating a luxuriously resinous aroma.

Taste: Dry antique oak notes and hints of ginger develop into tropical papaya and mango on the palate.

Finish: The finish is complex with lime, liquorice and dark chocolate.
 

The Macallan Red Collection 71 Year Old Review


Matured in a combination of sherry seasoned casks and barrels and bottled at 41.6% ABV. Selected by Sarah Burgess, The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A sweet and spicy opening with wood spices, soft ginger, nutmeg and orange peel moving into rich vanilla.

Taste: The characteristics from the nose continue on the palate with a sweet ginger sponge moving into the creamy vanilla flavours of a baked custard tart.

Finish: The finish is rich in wood smoke, peach and hazelnut.
 

The Macallan Red Collection 74 Year Old Review


Matured in sherry seasoned casks and bottled at 42.6% ABV. Selected by Sarah Burgess, The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A wonderfully sweet and fruity combination: rich baked plum combined with orange oil and vanilla.

Taste: Aromatic peat is the first thing to appear on the palate and remains throughout the taste. There's also caramelised pear with toasted hazelnuts, moving into a rich clove and a cocoa dusted truffle.

Finish: A long, dry peat finish ensues with treacle toffee and light citrus.
 

The Macallan Red Collection 78 Year Old Review


A sherried single malt bottled at 42.2% ABV. Selected by Sarah Burgess, The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A fresh fruit medley of apple, peach and grape moving into fresh lime and verbena.

Taste: Warming oak spice of nutmeg and ginger open into rich dried fruits on the palate, with a powerful treacle toffee and baked apple sweetness.

Finish: All of the flavours from the nose and taste appear in the remarkable finish.

You will also find The Macallan Red Collection available from specialist online whisky retailers, it is already available from The Whisky Shop and will soon be available from The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Where To Buy Whisky Online


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