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When Worlds of Mastery Unite: Unveiling The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique

The Macallan has introduced The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique, a remarkable new limited edition whisky to celebrate the new Macallan distillery and visitor experience.

An exceptionally rare single malt, The Macallan 72 Years Old is the oldest whisky ever released by the Distillery to celebrate a seminal moment in the history of The Macallan.

The Genesis Decanter is inspired by and honours a new dawn, defined by a truly magnificent architectural masterpiece. Presented in a bespoke crystal decanter handcrafted by Lalique, it is a celebration of the collaboration of masters from across the fields of whisky, crystal, architecture, construction and craftsmanship and marks a new beginning in The Macallan story. The Genesis Decanter is housed in a bespoke presentation case, designed by Burgess Studio and inspired by the interior of the distillery. It is handcrafted from the finest materials by N.EJ. Stevenson Ltd, Cabinet Makers by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.

For nearly two centuries the mastery of exceptional whisky making has been at the heart of The Macallan Estate and the distillery and visitor experience, designed by internationally acclaimed architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, embodies the care, passion and superior craftsmanship that goes into every drop of The Macallan.

Distilled back in the 1940s, The Macallan 72 Years Old is a peerless spirit which began its journey to maturation during the optimistic post Second World War period and this atmosphere of reinvention inspired the new Distillery, the whisky and design of The Genesis Decanter.

Nick Savage, The Macallan Master Distiller, said: “The Macallan 72 Years Old is an incredibly rare single malt defined by years of dedication and craftsmanship. As the oldest whisky we have ever bottled, this is a truly momentous occasion to commemorate our remarkable new Distillery. Although delicate throughout all aspects, it provides an intense experience which acknowledges the distinguished history of The Macallan.”

Lalique has captured the character of the new architectural wonder in crystal, incorporating the clean lines and natural curves of the new distillery. The smooth curvature of the unique roof structure defines the decanter’s design, suggestive of the building rising and falling from the ground. Marrying together modern techniques with traditional skills, each decanter is handcrafted by master craftsmen who elevate the complex crystal making process to create a stunning art piece.

The Macallan 72 Years Old single malt will be rolled out globally from late 2018 and through 2019, and will be limited to 600 decanters worldwide, priced at US$60,000 per 70cl decanter.