The Macallan pays tribute to the natural wonders of its estate with the launch of Edition No. 6, a limited edition single malt whisky that also marks the final release in The Macallan Edition Series.
Inspired by the River Spey, one of Scotland’s most legendary rivers, Edition No. 6 brings together The Macallan’s Ghillie, Robert Mitchell, who is the guardian of The Macallan’s stretch of the River Spey; Hardy, the world’s most renowned fly-fishing brand; and The Atlantic Salmon trust, which has over 50 years’ experience in salmon conservation.
To create Edition No. 6, The Macallan Whisky Maker, Steven Bremner chose five cask styles that perfectly embody the unique stories related to the River Spey and its unparalleled natural landscape.
A combination of American and European oak sherry seasoned casks capture the River Spey’s energy; the warm, welcoming personality of The Macallan’s Ghillie; the classic craftsmanship of Hardy; the extraordinary life of the Atlantic salmon on the beat; and the mastery of whisky making on The Macallan Estate, which has taken place on the banks of the river since 1824.
This whisky presents a multifaceted character, delivering aromas of fresh fruits, nutmeg and toffee. It plays with soft oak and flavours of ripe plum, vibrant sweet oranges and cinnamon, before culminating into a finish bursting with spicy fresh fruits, creamy chocolate and toasted oats.
“This complex single malt provides the perfect conclusion to the Edition series as there is so much to discover in this whisky,” said Steven Bremner in a statement. “The natural colour of antique brass derived from The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks indicates the richness of flavour that awaits and there is structure and depth that is uncovered more and more over time.”
To protect the magical sense of the Spey, The Macallan has also launched a new charitable partnership with The Atlantic Salmon Trust to help to conserve the at-risk fish, whose numbers have declined rapidly in recent years. The trust aids in protecting wild salmon and sea trout wherever they roam, especially in places like the River Spey, by tracking their migration across thousands of kilometres from their dominion to the open oceans.
As a guardian of one of the last sanctuaries of Scottish salmon, The Macallan is a proud supporter of The Trust’s vital conservation work on the river Spey. The brand is an advocate for sustainability of the wildlife in and around it, and so all fishing at The Macallan is, and always will be, catch and release.
“The Macallan is committed to safeguarding the wild salmon swimming through its Estate along the River Spey and with their support, we will be able to strengthen and expand vital projects that aim to bring more salmon back to our waters and give Atlantic salmon the future they deserve,” said Mark Bilsby, the CEO at The Atlantic Salmon Trust.
A bottle of The Macallan Edition No. 6 retails at RM600. For more information, visit The Macallan’s website.
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