The new Macallan Edition No.6 completes the annual range, which began in 2015. The new whisky is inspired by the distillery’s land and river.
Edition No.1 celebrated the brand’s use of wood; Edition No.2 highlighted taste through a collaboration with The Roca Brothers of El Celler de Can Roca; Edition No.3 showcased aroma in collaboration with master perfumer Roja Dove; and Edition No.4 paid tribute to the architecture of The Macallan’s new distillery.
The fifth edition marked the natural colour of the Speyside single malt and featured a “unique” shade of purple created by Pantone on its packaging.
The Macallan Estate is based on the banks of the River Spey, which is looked after by the site’s ghillie, Robert Mitchell.
“A day on the River Spey is supremely special,” said Mitchell. “You feel that you are escaping from everything and truly connecting with nature and with our distillery completing this stunning landscape, there is no other place in the world capable of drawing so many wonders together.
“We are proud custodians of our one-and-three-quarter mile stretch of the River Spey and advocate for sustainability of the wildlife in and around it and so all fishing at The Macallan is catch and release.”
The Macallan’s whisky maker Steven Bremner created the new expression by choosing five cask styles that represent stories related to the river and its natural landscape.
The 49.6% ABV whisky has been crafted from a combination of American and European oak Sherry-seasoned casks.
The resulting liquid offers aromas of “fresh fruits, nutmeg and toffee merged with oak and flavours of ripe plum, vibrant sweet oranges and cinnamon, developing into spicy fresh fruits and creamy chocolate and toasted oats at the finish”.
“From its early days of whisky making almost 200 years ago, The Macallan has been strongly inspired by and intrinsically connected to nature,” said Bremner. “It is the force that flows through everything we do at The Macallan and our whisky is enriched by its powerful presence.
“Edition No.6 is inspired by the natural world surrounding our distillery, which has so much to offer and enjoy, in particular the River Spey, which is so vibrant, and full of energy.
“This complex single malt provides the perfect conclusion to the Edition Series as there is so much to discover in this whisky. The natural colour of antique brass derived from The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks indicates the richness of flavour that awaits and there is a structure and depth that is uncovered more and more over time.”
The Macallan has also partnered with the Atlantic Salmon Trust charity to help support at-risk fish such as wild salmon and sea trout, which have declined rapidly in recent years.
Priced at RRP £95 (US$121), The Macallan Edition No.6 will be available from The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt, The Whisky Shop and other specialist retailers from 29 September 2020.