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2014-05-05

The Macallan x Lalique @ Limited Edition Lalique V

  
In a continuation of one of the finest and most prestigious creative collaborations between the two masters, The Macallan and Lalique, the Limited Edition Lalique V is the latest addition to the family. The Macallan Lalique Spiritual Home decanter represents the pinnacle of whisky and crystal making at their finest. The fifth release in a series of six, the 62 years old Macallan single malt whisky bottled in a beautiful Lalique decanter continues to captivate whisky lovers and crystal connoisseurs.


Inspired by the artistic genius of Rene Lalique’s legacy and Easter Elchies House, and interpreted by Lalique’s Marc Larminaux, the Spiritual Home decanter incorporated many important elements of the manor to make this tribute an accurate representation of The Macallan’s soul. The harled surface applied to the sandstone walls of the manor house is illustrated by the frosted surface texture on three sides of the decanter, and the initials of Captain John Grant, JEG, carved on the manor’s datestone is also reproduced on the decanter. The exquisite attention to detail is revealed in the distinctive crow-stepped bottle neck which leads up to the stopper, much like the house’s crow-stepped gable leading up to the chimney. This is the penultimate decanter on an inspirational journey to the heart of The Macallan. Easter Elchies House is the only manor home of its kind to be part of a distillery estate in Scotland and dates back to 1700 when it was built by Captain John Grant.


Fifth in The Macallan’s Six Pillars series, the Spiritual Home decanter is the stunning product of a shared belief in the value of craftsmanship, artistry, and pursuit of perfection shared by both The Macallan and Lalique. With only 400 decanters released worldwide, the Macallan Limited Edition Lalique V is priced at US$25,000 each. The rare 62 years old Macallan single malt encased in Lalique crystal originally filled to American oak sherry seasoned casks in November 1950 is the second oldest whisky ever bottled; the oldest being a 64 years old Macallan single malt encased in a Lalique Cire Perdue decanter, which held the Guinness world record for the highest price auctioned by Sotheby’s in November 2010 for a scotch whisky at US$460,000 for charity; water, an innovative charity dedicated to providing clean and safe drinking water for people in developing countries.


The spectacular shape and exquisite detail of this Fifth Pillar represent countless hours of painstaking work by Lalique’s master craftsmen. The Macallan and Lalique have been working in partnership since 2005. During this time they have collaborated to produce an exclusive series of limited edition decanters based on The Macallan’s Six Pillars. The first four decanters in the series have proved hugely popular with both whisky consumers and collectors of Lalique crystals. Continuing its success from The Macallan 50 years old Exceptional Oak Casks Decanter, The Macallan 55 years old Natural Colour Decanter, The Macallan 57 years old Finest Cut Decanter and The Macallan 60 years old Curiously Small Stills Decanter, The Macallan 62 years old Spiritual Home Decanter truly brings together the “Master of Crystal” and “Master of Spirit and Wood”, in a shared vision to create a flawless masterpiece.


The Macallan 62 years old in Lalique tasting notes:

Colour :
Rich cherry

Aroma :

Rich and aromatic. A strong opening of treacle toffee leads into raisin and blood orange. Later aromas of apple pie, sprinkled with ginger, cinnamon and chocolate, with layers of darker vanilla, embellished by soft burnished oak.

Taste :
Rich dried fruits open up, with strong raisin flavours. Layers of sweet ginger figs and cigar leaf in viscous suspension are followed by woody oak flavours, polished yet showing complexity of age.

Finish :
Long and embracing

Alcohol Strength :
53.1%