The Macallan has launched an 81-year-old whisky called The Reach – believed to be the oldest single malt ever released and priced at £92,000 (US$125,000) a bottle. Created from a single, sherry seasoned oak cask, the rare whisky was laid to rest in 1940 before The Macallan was forced to close doors for the first time in its history.
The 288 available decanters of the liquid are housed in mouth-blown glass, cradled by three bronze hands created by Scottish sculptor Saskia Robinson. One hand represents the distillery’s workers in 1940, another one-time chairman Allan Shiach and the last current master whiskey maker Kirsteen Campbell. The veins, nails and skin detail of the timeless sculpture are captured in remarkable accuracy, modeled on an artist’s impression of a hand of one of those original stillmen. The sculpture is cast in bronze and the glimmer of the metal contrasts beautifully with the dark amber whisky.
“It is an honor to introduce The Reach. Created during a turbulent time in the world, this extraordinary expression showcases The Macallan’s history, ingenuity and unmistakable strength of character,” Kirsteen Campbell, master whisky maker at The Macallan, stated. “The creation of many hands, The Reach has been a truly collaborative effort. It’s also a tribute to the people who made this precious whisky, and their enduring spirit which never wavered.”
The Reach will be on display at The Macallan Estate Boutique starting February 9th, 2022 and later in The Macallan domestic and travel retail Boutiques. Discover Opulent Club on Apple News.