The Macallan Offers Up A Rare Scotch Whisky From 1950

| August 12, 2019

An old Scotch whisky distillery like The Macallan certainly has a good number of older casks of whisky hiding away in nooks and crannies in its aging warehouses, there is no doubt. Occasionally the distillery team there taps one for its Exceptional Single Cask range, and one recently announced is being called the pinnacle of this line up.

The Macallan Exceptional Single Cask 1950, according to those behind it, was distilled back in 1950 and bottled late last year, making it just shy of 68 years old. It is said to herald from a first fill sherry butt, with only enough liquid left in the cask to produce some 336 bottles, each bottled at 53.4% ABV.

When you think about the long history this distillery has, it is interesting to take note of what was going on in the 1950s when this whisky was distilled. It represented a significant time for The Macallan, with “investment in the construction of new buildings on site and modernisation of existing buildings, the purchase of additional farmland and the first of The Macallan highland cows take residence on site.”

The Macallan Exceptional Single Cask 1950

The Macallan Exceptional Single Cask 1950 (image via The Macallan)

Though the distillery did not immediately report pricing information when the 1950 was announced, it has been reported it will price for around $58,000. You’ll find some official tasting notes below for your consideration as well.

  • Aroma: Polished Antique oak, with delicate peaches and vanilla
  • Taste: Intense antique oak with wood spices. Orange peel zest with warm root ginger. Subtle hints of peat in the background
  • Finish: Long with dry sweetness and peat. 
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