Edrington’s The Macallan has launched Rare Cask Batch No 1, the first of three new batches for 2018, all exhibiting the ‘art of cask’.
A further four batches are planned for each subsequent year, with each limited release batch representing the volume of only 50 oak sherry butts.
To create the “full and warming” 43% ABV expression, Sherry seasoned casks are hand selected by The Macallan whisky makers at the perfect point of maturation.
The first batch introduces new packaging for Rare Cask, designed to provide consumers with more insight into the whisky making process.
The new design features deeper reds and subtly incorporates wood grain “to pay tribute to the incredible cask story”.
A new lighter background inside the pack emphasises the rich mahogany whisky and the pack is encased within a premium gift box, featuring a gold badge highlighting the Rare Cask name, as well as the batch number, adding to the element of collectability.
Nick Savage, The Macallan master distiller, said: “This whisky truly exhibits the art of cask selection and the role of our Whisky Making Team to hand pick the casks for each batch.
“The casks give the greatest contribution to the character and are the only source of the rich mahogany colour. It is one of The Macallan’s most complex yet balanced whiskies that we’ve created, with soft notes of rich oak, vanilla and chocolate.
“Rare Cask’s flavour has been created to be savoured and shared with those who appreciate a single malt with a rich depth of a complexity and perfect balance.
“With the release of yearly batches, Rare Cask can also be a memorable way to celebrate or mark a special year or occasion.”
Each batch of The Macallan Rare Cask will be a limited edition release. The Macallan Rare Cask Batch No 1, 2018 Release has an estimated retail price of £230.