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Edition No. 6

Tales of The Macallan River

The sixth and final release in The Macallan Edition series, Edition No. 6 is a unique celebration of the River Spey, an iconic river that flows through the heart of The Macallan Estate.

The Macallan Estate lies on the banks of the River Spey, one of Scotland’s most legendary rivers, famous for its whisky production and renowned across the world as a home to the mighty Atlantic salmon.

For almost 200 years the River Spey has played a key role in the production of The Macallan’s distinct single malt, as well as a source of inspiration and connection. A day on this river, with its pure water, stunning wild landscape and calmness, is a once in a lifetime experience. The Macallan Edition No. 6 brings together The Macallan Ghillie, Robert Mitchell; Hardy, the world’s most renowned fly fishing brand; and The Atlantic Salmon Trust, which has over 50 years’ experience in salmon conservation.
 

Of Nature and Craft

The Macallan Edition No. 6 is a new, limited edition single malt celebrating the natural wonders of The Macallan Estate, and honouring the River Spey as the vibrant life force that sustains it. Inspired by the Spey, Steven Bremner, The Macallan Whisky Maker, created Edition No. 6 by choosing five cask styles that embody the unique stories and spirit of the river.

Crafted from a combination of American and European oak sherry seasoned casks, Edition No. 6 draws from the narrative streams of the River Spey’s energy. It captures the warm, welcoming personality of The Macallan’s Ghillie; the classic craftsmanship of Hardy; the extraordinary life of the Atlantic salmon on the beat; and the mastery of whisky making on The Macallan Estate.

The Whisky

By creating this whisky as the final release in the Edition series, Steven Bremner celebrates this unique experience inspired by a day at the River Spey. His inspiration drew on the vibrant blue colour of the water reflecting on the sky, the calm of nature, and the strength of the Scottish salmon jumping on the pristine water.

Cask Styles

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Inspiration
The River Spey
Cask Type and Use:
1st fill American oak butts

Inspiration 
The Ghillie
Cask Type and Use:
1st fill European oak hogsheads

Inspiration
Hardy
Cask Type and Use:
1st fill European oak hogsheads/butts

 

Inspiration
The Atlantic salmon on the beat
Cask Type and Use:
2nd fill European and American oak butts

Inspiration
Whisky Making at The Macallan
Cask Type and Use:
1st fill American oak butts
 

The result of a combination of casks is a multifaceted whisky. It delivers aromas of fresh fruits, nutmeg and toffee merged with oak and flavours of ripe plum, and vibrant sweet oranges and cinnamon. These characteristics then transform into the subtlety of spicy fresh fruits, creamy chocolate and toasted oats at the finish.

From its early days of whisky making almost 200 years ago, The Macallan has been strongly inspired by and intrinsically connected to nature. It is the force that flows through everything we do at The Macallan and our whisky is enriched by its powerful presence. Edition No. 6 is inspired by the natural world surrounding our Distillery, which has so much to offer and enjoy, in particular the River Spey, which is so vibrant, and full of energy.

Steven Bremner, The Macallan Whisky Maker

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Edition No. 6

This unique single malt delivers a multifaceted experience; from the appealing rich brass natural colour, to the layers of aroma including rich fresh fruits, nutmeg, ginger, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and oak. On the palate are notes of plum and sweet orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, balanced oak, toffee, and oats. The finish is long, with fresh fruit with spices turning to creamy chocolate and toasted oats

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An Ancient Source of Life

The River Spey is a proud symbol of Scotland and it has played a fundamental role in The Macallan’s history and heritage. In 1824 this site was selected to be the location of The Macallan Distillery due to its close proximity to the river – the fresh, fast-flowing water being a key ingredient in whisky production.

It has kept us connected to nature; grounded in the rich history of the land. Vibrant and alive, it is always moving; never still.

Harmony with Nature

The expression brings to life The Macallan’s intrinsic connection with nature, highlighting the river’s status as one of the last sanctuaries of Scottish salmon and our commitment to preserving the natural resources on the Estate through our support for The Atlantic Salmon Trust.

This sixth and final release in the Edition Series tells the story of a unique land and an extraordinary river, where whisky making, agriculture and nature thrive in harmony.

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