THE MACALLAN 55 Year Old in Lalique (Rare)
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
A celebration of two great national traditions, The Macallan
55 Years Old in Lalique is one of the finest ever creative
collaborations between Scotland and France. This limited edition
release, offered on Whisky.com, represents an historic alliance
of artistry and craftsmanship, spirit and style. The Masters
of Spirit and Wood Partner with The Masters of Crystal to
Introduce 420 Decanters – Only one hundred will be available
in the USD - $20,000
New York and London, November 7, 2007 – Iconic luxury
brands, The Macallan® and LALIQUE today unveiled The Macallan
in LALIQUE Natural Colour decanter containing an exceptionally
rare 55 years old single malt whisky. The Natural Colour decanter
is the second in what will be a series of six based on The
Macallan's Six Pillars and is testament to the quality and
craftsmanship of both partners in this historic collaboration.
One hundred of these decanters will be available in the United
States in January of 2008.
The Macallan 55 Years Old single malt is cask strength (40.1%
abv), and has remained undisturbed for over half a century
at the Easter Elchies House – The Macallan's spiritual
home in Speyside, Scotland - where it matured through the
decades in a sherry oak cask. Dark rosewood in colour, the
liquid has aromatic notes of exotic, sweet dried fruits with
a hint of peat-smoke, while the finish is wonderfully soft,
smooth and spicy with lingering touches of citrus.
Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker, comments: "At
The Macallan we insist on natural colour. It is the interaction
of spirit and wood alone which delivers the rich diversity of
colour evident throughout The Macallan range. We used the striking
natural colour of The Macallan liquid as the inspiration for
the design of this decanter, the second collaboration between
The Macallan and Lalique."
The Natural Colour decanter has been designed by the legendary
French crystal house LALIQUE, exclusively for The Macallan.
The Macallan 55 Years Old in LALIQUE is a limited edition
decanter with only 420 being produced, each individually numbered
and available in selected boutiques in the USA, UK, Asia and
Russia. Its delicate gradation of colour and artful curvature
makes it a vessel worthy of holding such a rare and unique
"The first LALIQUE decanter, containing The Macallan 50
Years Old single malt, was launched in 2005 and proved a huge
success," said Eric Maldonado, The Macallan U.S. brand
manager at Rémy Cointreau USA, Inc. "Since then
we have seen an increase in demand for our rarer whiskies, proof
that we were moving in the right direction by extending our
partnership with LALIQUE to produce a series of decanters containing
the finest The Macallan single malt."
Guillaume Gauthereau, president and CEO LALIQUE North America
explains: "We are delighted to be working with the world's
finest single malt as it has given us the opportunity to design
a series of decanters which reflect all the best attributes
of our brand - creativity, heritage and craftsmanship. The
Natural Colour decanter was created by our design team in
Paris and is based on the classic Paquerettes tiara perfume
bottle designed by Rene Lalique in 1910. It is a mix of masculine
and feminine shapes and the stopper is made in amber coloured
crystal, one of the most difficult colours for crystal makers
Handcrafted at LALIQUE's factory in Wingen-sur-Moder,
the Alsace region of northern France, each piece filters through
the hands of up to 25 craftsmen, many of whom have attained
the 'Meilleur ouvrier de France' – the Finest
Craftsman of France Award. Each decanter bears the esteemed
'Lalique France' signature which symbolizes authenticity
and over 100 years of creativity, heritage and craftsmanship
and comes in a specially designed leather and silk presentation
box, with a crystal stopper and a leather-bound collectors
guide detailing the craftsmanship that has gone into producing
this beautiful objet d'art.
Consumers who are interested in purchasing The Macallan 55
Years Old in Lalique should contact Whisky.com
Respected and admired by discerning whisky lovers and named
'best malt in the world*', The Macallan remains
the single malt against which all others must be judged.
The Macallan 55 Years Old in Lalique - tasting notes:
COLOUR: Dark Rosewood
NOSE: Rich, polished oak with exotic, sweet
dried fruits, citrus and a hint of peat-smoke.
PALATE: Spicy, with sun dried raisins and
FINISH: Wonderfully soft, smooth and spicy,
with lingering touches of citrus and peat-smoke.
The timeless reputation of The Macallan is founded upon Six
The Spiritual Home
Easter Elchies House proudly watches over The Macallan distillery
in Speyside, Scotland. Built in 1700, this Jacobean manor
house is The Macallan's spiritual home.
Curiously Small Stills
The Macallan's curiously small and uniquely shaped copper
stills help to concentrate the flavor of the 'new make'
The Finest Cut
The 'cut' is the amount of distilled spirit collected
from the stills as 'new make' spirit. The Macallan
takes one of the ?nest 'cuts' of any distillery
in Scotland, typically just 16% goes forward to fill or our
Exceptional Oak Casks
The Macallan's unfaltering obsession with selecting
exceptional oak casks brings an unsurpassed, timeless quality
to The Macallan.
Natural colour is something The Macallan insists upon. It
is the interaction of spirit and wood alone which delivers
the rich variety of colour, aroma and taste evident through
out the range.
The Macallan remains the single malt against which all others
must be judged. It is celebrated far and wide by experts and
discerning drinkers as the world's most precious whisky.
About The Macallan – Masters of Spirit and
The Macallan is the world's most precious whisky. Distilled
on the Easter Elchies estate above the banks of the Spey River
in the Scottish Highlands since 1824, The Macallan Single
Highland Malt is produced without compromise to achieve the
highest standard of quality and taste. The hallmarks of The
Macallan are its natural colour (caramel is never used); flavors
of citrus, dried fruits, cloves, wood and toffee; subtle sweetness
and profound richness carry into the finish. The Macallan
range of single malts in the U.S. includes: The Macallan Sherry
Oak: 12 Years Old, 18 Years Old, 25 Years Old, 30 Years Old,
Cask Strength; The Macallan Fine Oak: 10 Years Old, 15 Years,
17 Years, 21 Years Old, 30 Years Old; and Fine & Rare
About Rémy Cointreau USA, Inc.
Rémy Cointreau USA, Inc. is a private and wholly owned
subsidiary of Rémy Cointreau, S.A. France. The company
is the exclusive U.S. importer for a variety of premium spirits
and wines, including Rémy Martin®, Cointreau®,
Piper Heidsieck®, Charles Heidsieck®, Masi Agricola®,
Vietti Wines®, Jacopo Biondi Santi Wines®, The Macallan®,
The Famous Grouse®, Highland Park®, Tamdhu®, Mount
Gay Rums®, Passoa®, and others. Please savor responsibly.
About LALIQUE – Masters of Crystal
In 1907, Rene Lalique acquired a passion for glass, reinventing
the perfume bottle and developing opalescent glass. He decorated
the Orient Express and the Normandy cruise ship as well as
designing the fountains on the Rond Point des Champs Elysees.
Having revolutionized the world of jewelry, he went on to
become the master glassmaker of the Art Déco movement.
His successors have definitively imposed crystal, while remaining
faithful to the heritage of LALIQUE, carrying on Rene's skill,
knowledge and style. LALIQUE continues to open boutiques around
the world, launching new collections every year, including
Limited Edition Collections and collaborations within art