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Charles III’s Coronation Celebrated With This Independently Bottled Macallan 27 Year

To celebrate the upcoming coronation of King Charles III, independent bottler and whisky broker Mark Littler recently announced he is releasing the 27 Year Old Coronation Reserve, distilled at the Macallan distillery.

A statement from the bottler noted that only 90 bottles will be available for purchase exclusively on the Mark Littler website for £2,599 a bottle for shipping worldwide.

The whisky itself was matured in a single ex-bourbon cask, bottled at a natural strength of 41% ABV in a Glencairn Crystal Reserve decanter. It comes fitted inside a handmade royal blue box embossed with King Charles III’s cypher.

Mark Littler 27 Year Old Coronation Reserve
To celebrate the upcoming coronation of King Charles III, independent bottler and whisky broker Mark Littler recently announced he is releasing the 27 Year Old Coronation Reserve, distilled at the Macallan distillery. (image vai Mark Littler)

The story of this 27 Year Old Coronation Reserve starts with Macallan designer and marketer David Holmes, the co-creator of iconic Macallan whiskies including the Peter Blake 1926 60 Year Old, now one of the most expensive whisky bottles in the world.

He also had a hand in all previous Macallan whiskies celebrating royal family milestones. He’s the mind behind the successful advertising campaigns across the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s,  marketing campaigns that are now being honored in the Archival (Folio) Series.

Several years ago, the statement from Mark Littler explained, Holmes drew a rough draft for a label made for a future hypothetical whisky bottle celebrating King Charles III’s coronation. Though Holmes passed away in 2018, his son and frequent collaborator Toby completed the label that now covers this bottle.

Himself an avid collector of Macallan, and deeply interested in the distillery’s history, Littler said he’s excited about what this whisky represents.

“David Holmes and his partner-in-crime Nick Salaman were arguably responsible for making Macallan instantly recognizable around the world, they made consumers realize how good the distillery’s whisky is,” he said. “We’re honored that Toby was willing to collaborate with us on a world-class whisky that also honors his father David, Macallan’s legacy, and the coronation itself.”

Toby echoed the sentiments. “It’s been a fantastic experience to be able to revisit my father’s work. It meant a lot to me personally and professionally to help create a whisky that is a fitting tribute to both him and King Charles III.”

The tasting notes on this coronation celebration whisky:

  • Color: Blonde.
  • Nose: Lemon meringue, marzipan, malty biscuits, malting floor. Soft caramel and toffee. A soft saltiness to counter all of the sweetness, fresh pine wood, and pineapple.
  • Taste: More creaminess and fresh lemon zest. The barley notes are wonderful and quite a contrast from regular Macallan style. A biscuit note runs through the whole development, accompanied by these gentle sweet notes of brown sugar, coconut, banana, and pineapple.
  • Finish: More fresh barley and malty creaminess. A very gentle and easy drinking Macallan that is the epitome of what ex-American oak Macallan is all about. Loads of sweet, creaminess with a long but gentle finish.

If you’d like to see a video about the release, click HERE. And for more information or to find a bottle, check out https://shop.marklittler.com/products/macallan-king-charles-coronation-mark-littler-bottling.

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Gary Carter

Gary Carter has been at the helm of metro newspapers, magazines, and television news programs as well as a radio host and marketing manager. He is a writer/editor/photographer/designer by trade, with more than 30 years experience in the publishing and marketing field. Gary enjoys working to build something great, whether that be a novel project, a start-up, an organization, a fresh-face to the journalistic world, or even something as simple as a short story. A native Texan and a Pacific Northwest convert, he is a whiskey enthusiast who cut his teeth on it ... literally!

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