The Macallan distillery is already known for offering up some pretty pricey whiskies, so news of the latest release from its Fine & Rare collection – a $10,000, 25-year-old expression from 1991 – should come as no surprise.
The new 1991 Fine & Rare, according to the distillery, was picked by The Macallan’s master whisky maker Bob Dalgarno from cask No. 7021, an American oak Vasyma puncheon sherry seasoned in Jerez, Spain. The cask was filled with The Macallan new make spirit on March 28th 1991. It’s been bottled at 49.4% ABV.
“The Macallan Fine & Rare collection continues to charm collectors around the world and the demand grows with each new bottling,” said Macallan Manager of Brand Education and Fine & Rare Whiskies, Charlie Whitfield, in a prepared statement. “We are proud that since the very first release of the 1926 Fine & Rare that this collection of vintage single malts has come to stand for the best in the industry, commanding worldwide acclaim and admiration from single malt enthusiasts. The soft and refined velvety sweetness of this 25 years old vintage will not disappoint.”
This collection, for those unfamiliar with it, sees a new release each year of some of the rarest of The Macallan’s whisky stock, always done to a single vintage. It is always very limited in scope and release size, given that it is just a single cask pick. The earliest vintage released to date from the Fine & Rare line was the 1926 bottling, of which only 40 bottles where produced. It was a 60-year-old expression, and these days when one does pop up at auction it commands a hefty, hefty sum.
You can find limited official tasting notes for the The Macallan 1991 Fine & Rare below for your consideration.
Color: Glossy Cinnamon
Aroma: Apple, dried fruit and vanilla are followed by ginger, nutmeg and almonds
Palate: Sweet spice, raisin and fig.
Finish: Notes of fruit, soft oak and velvet sweetness