Two Worlds, One Ma­callan

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This is a sin­gle malt which cel­e­brates the com­ing to­gether of two styles to cre­ate a fully rounded and dis­tinc­tive flavour.

It is of­ten said that when two worlds come to­gether, they cre­ate some­thing mag­i­cal, or sim­ply ex­tra­or­di­nary. For The Ma­callan, this is the ab­so­lute truth be­hind their new Ma­callan Dou­ble Cask 12-yearold sin­gle malt.

This is a sin­gle malt which tells the story of a jour­ney; a story which brings to­gether dif­fer­ent worlds. To cre­ate Dou­ble Cask, The Ma­callan brings new oak from Amer­ica across thou­sands of miles to Spain, where oak casks are crafted and sherry sea­soned be­fore trav­el­ling to The Ma­callan’s dis­tillery on Spey­side to ma­ture for a min­i­mum of 12 years. These whiskies are then har­mo­niously united with those also aged for a min­i­mum of 12 years in the very best sherry sea­soned Euro­pean oak casks. This union re­veals an un­matched in­vest­ment in time and ex­tra­or­di­nary com­mit­ment to mas­tery for which The Ma­callan has been known since 1824.

Ex­clu­sively aged in the sherry sea­soned casks, The Ma­callan Dou­ble Cask 12-yearold de­liv­ers a dis­tinct Amer­i­can oak style, re­flect­ing a per­fect har­mony of flavours and nat­u­ral colour. The del­i­cate flavour of Amer­i­can oak – vanilla, cit­rus, and light oak – rises in promi­nence as the tra­di­tional Ma­callan char­ac­ter of rich fruit, sherry, and wood spice af­fords a fa­mil­iar back drop. This is a flavour com­bi­na­tion which is guar­an­teed un­til the very last drop.

Com­ment­ing on Dou­ble Cask, Bob Dal­garno, The Ma­callan Mas­ter Whisky Maker, says, “This is a sin­gle malt which cel­e­brates the com­ing to­gether of two styles to cre­ate a fully rounded and dis­tinc­tive flavour. By com­bin­ing wood influences, we have been able to pro­duce a new Ma­callan, which sits per­fectly be­tween our ex­ist­ing Sherry Oak and Fine Oak ranges.”

Sanele Gwala, Africa Mar­ket­ing Man­ager, says, “The in­tro­duc­tion of this ex­cep­tional ex­pres­sion, The Ma­callan Dou­ble Cask 12-year-old to South Africa is a very ex­cit­ing prospect and one which we are very proud to an­nounce. In a mar­ket where malt whisky de­mand is at its great­est, we are sure this peer­less spirit will at­tract and be ap­pre­ci­ated by both ex­ist­ing and new Ma­callan drinkers.”

Founded in 1824, The Ma­callan is one of the most ad­mired and awarded sin­gle malt whiskies in the world. The rep­u­ta­tion of The Ma­callan is based on a prod­uct of out­stand­ing qual­ity and dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter, founded upon a set of guid­ing prin­ci­ples known as the Six Pil­lars. An ob­ses­sion with qual­ity has been the hall­mark of The Ma­callan since its found­ing by Alexander Reid on a plateau above the river Spey in North­east Scot­land. The dis­tillery is sur­rounded by a 150 hectare estate, with Easter Elchies House at its heart, a High­land Manor built in 1700. The his­tory and dis­tinc­tive­ness of the brand, which has been revered by many whisky con­nois­seurs over the years, can be tasted in The Ma­callan Dou­ble Cask.

The Ma­callan has long since cel­e­brated mas­tery in all fields, no­tably Masters of Pho­tog­ra­phy and Masters of Taste. These cam­paigns were col­lab­o­ra­tions with the world’s great­est pho­tog­ra­phers (An­nie Lei­bovitz, Steven Klein, Al­bert Wat­son) and chefs (The Roca Broth­ers) to co-cre­ate con­tent, ad­ver­tis­ing, and craft whiskies. Over the past year The Ma­callan lo­calised the con­cept by col­lab­o­rat­ing with local in­flu­encers, ex­perts, and masters in their own fields to show­case var­i­ous ex­pres­sions of The Ma­callan range. Namely, mixol­o­gist Michael Stephen­son who demon­strated his mas­tery with The Ma­callan Fine Oak Triple Cask, Siya Bey­ile whose ex­em­plary work in the fash­ion space made him the per­fect mas­ter to launch Edi­tion Three (a col­lab­o­ra­tion with per­fumer Roja Dove), and Seth Shezi, a sea­soned trav­eller and ex­pert in all things lux­ury, who en­cap­su­lated the seeker of Rare Mo­ments to cel­e­brate The Ma­callan Rare Cask. Lastly, en­tre­pre­neur and en­ter­tain­ment ex­pert, Te­bello ‘Tibz’ Mot­soane, a Mas­ter of Host­ing who will be launch­ing The Ma­callan Dou­ble Cask.

Ad­vice from the Mas­ter of Host­ing for plan­ning the per­fect event is to al­ways pre­pare plates, cut­lery, glasses, snack boards, and dishes in ad­vance so that you are able to fo­cus on mak­ing guests feel wel­come when they ar­rive.

A self-pro­fessed gifted drinks mixer, he also al­ways has his mixol­ogy tools on standby, and The Ma­callan is a favourite to serve. “Sto­ries are key when en­ter­tain­ing, and The Ma­callan has a beau­ti­ful story, which re­ally brings home the ex­cep­tional qual­ity of the whisky.”

The Ma­callan Dou­ble Cask 12-year-old is avail­able at se­lected liquor re­tail­ers for the rec­om­mended price of R599.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.themacallan.com.

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