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The Enduring Legacy of The Reach

E600CA23-A5CF-4F30-BC0F-7E8B830451E0@2x Feb 09 2022 · 3 min read

The Reach is unique, representing an extraordinary moment in time in our history. This dark and burnished single malt is the oldest whisky ever released from The Macallan. It brings together spirit, glass, bronze and wood in a union that is a testament to skilled artistry and dedicated craftsmanship. 

With a history embracing many people across the decades, The Reach exemplifies an enduring legacy. Its very existence is an expression of the care and commitment to uncompromised excellence that has been a part of The Macallan since 1824. It also pays tribute to the distillery workers of 1940 who laid this spirit to rest in challenging times, over eight decades ago. 

Bringing Together Past and Present 

Bottled in a decanter, cradled on a bronze sculpture of three hands, The Reach is housed in a beautiful cabinet, fashioned from an elm tree that grew on The Macallan Estate. Each hand represents characters in our history and their unique story that has left an imprint on who we are today.

The Decanter: The Hands that Hold

Each hand, crafted by sculptor Saskia Robinson, has a specific importance, and the gentle indents of their fingers are beautifully captured in the sculpture’s surface.

The Craftspeople

One represents the distillery workers who in 1940 played a part in crafting the precious 81 years old spirit. The workers displayed great strength of character through a challenging time in history. 

The workforce was depleted as some employees had departed to support the war effort. Although making whisky became ever more difficult as fuel and barley supplies dwindled, their dedication remained absolute. Only the best was acceptable. Only the very best spirit was laid to rest, including that of this single cask. 

Portrait of Allan Shiach by Nadav Kandar for The Macallan The Reach

Allan Shiach

The second hand belongs to Allan Shiach. Grandson of Dr (Samuel) Allan Shiach, who had led The Macallan from 1938 to 1947, and great grandson of Roderick Kemp, Allan grew up immersed in The Macallan.

He spent 18 years as Chairman, and was a catalyst for bringing The Macallan to the world through advertising campaigns, and creating the first properly acclaimed profile of the brand in the eyes of a wider public.

The Reach is a unique single malt and extremely special to me as it captures a pivotal moment in time for The Macallan. Not only is this remarkable whisky a nod to the past, but a step towards a hopeful future.

Allan Shiach

Kirsteen Campbell

Kirsteen Campbell leads The Macallan Whisky Mastery Team, and hers is the third hand that cradles this spirit. With over twenty years of expertise in the world of whisky, she has played an integral role in working with her team to bring our single malts to the world.

The Reach is a spirit of exceptional quality, and it was her skill and discernment that led to it being bottled after decades spent quietly maturing. For her, it stands apart as an example of unparalleled excellence.
Portrait of Kirsteen Campbell by Nadav Kandar for The Macallan The Reach

The Reach is truly the light work of many hands, and it’s an honour to be part of its legacy.

Kirsteen Campbell Master Whisky Maker, The Macallan

An Enduring Spirit

This release reaches back not just to 1940, but also to the tradition and continuity of The Macallan since our origin in 1824. The original cask, together with the talents and creativity of all the craftspeople involved and the workers who first distilled the whisky, have been brought together in an exceptional union of collaboration and dedication.

The Reach represents a collective endeavour, realised in beautiful form, a symbol of an enduring spirit that will resonate for centuries to come.

Photography by Nadav Kandar