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The Macallan, Bodegas Grupo Estévez Form Seasoned Oak Casks Partnership

The Macallan recently announced that it’s formed a partnership with Bodegas Grupo Estévez to ensure that its single malt Scotch whisky continues in the future to be matured in fine Sherry-seasoned oak casks.

Igor Boyadjian, master distiller for The Macallan, said the partnership with Grupo Estévez and their Sherries helps ensure a sustainable supply of high-quality Sherry production for their Sherry-seasoned casks.

“Our partnership with Grupo Estévez builds on The Macallan’s long-standing, deep relationship with the Jerez community and with our wide range of valued suppliers in the Sherry industry that have always played a critical role in the quality of our exceptional Scotch Whisky,” Boyadjian said.

Macallan partnership
The Macallan recently announced that it’s formed a partnership with Bodegas Grupo Estévez to ensure that its single malt Scotch whisky continues in the future to be matured in fine Sherry-seasoned oak casks. (image via Edrington)

“We hand select our Sherry-seasoned oak casks from Jerez for richness and complexity. The partnership with Grupo Estévez demonstrates the creativity and innovation that has driven The Macallan since it was founded almost 200 years ago and continues the brand’s evolution through masters collaborating with masters,” he continued.

Grupo Estévez, led by CEO José Ramón Estévez, have vineyards and bodegas in Jerez’s “Sherry Triangle” where they make and mature the Valdespino brand of Sherries and aperitifs.

The Valdespino bodega is one of the most historic and prestigious in Jerez, dating back to 1264. They own vineyards in the Pago de Macharnudo, considered the “Grand Cru” of Jerez.

With this new partnership, the statement explained, the Valdespino brand of Sherries and aperitifs will be added to the Edrington portfolio and their growth will be supported by the distribution and marketing capabilities of The Macallan in selected international markets.

José Ramón Estévez said, in the prepared statement, that he and his family were pleased to be forming a joint venture with The Macallan, and explained that up to now, Grupo Estévez has focused on production of their Sherries and aperitifs.

“This will be the first time we have used our beautiful Sherry for cask seasoning, and we are so pleased that we will do this exclusively for The Macallan, which is synonymous with the highest quality Scotch whisky. We look forward to contributing to that quality in the years ahead through the seasoning of The Macallan casks with our Sherry,” he said.

Scott McCroskie, CEO of Edrington, said that the Estévez family is a perfect partner for The Macallan in Jerez. “This is a partnership full of promise for The Macallan.”

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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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