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Eight Decades of History: The Inspiration Behind The Reach

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

This remarkable single malt whisky marks a moment in time. Slowly maturing over eight decades, its release today allows us, in the present age, to reach back in history — not just to 1940, but also to celebrate the traditional and inherent values of The Macallan since our founding in 1824.

The Macallan The Reach box with whisky
The Macallan The Reach single malt whisky in Lalique glass held by Kirsteen Campbell

Commitment to Excellence

Extraordinarily rare and completely unique, The Reach single malt whisky represents a fascinating point in history for The Macallan Distillery, as it survived the 1940s era of dwindling coal supplies, workforce depletion and continuing war efforts. 

Held aloft by the three hands, this limited-edition whisky is housed in mouth-blown glass, cradled by three bronze hands created by Scottish sculptor Saskia Robinson. Each hand represents those who played a part in this whisky and The Macallan’s legacy from 1940 to the modern day and beyond.

It’s hard to put into words how truly special this whisky is. The expression encapsulates the spirit of The Macallan and the timeless nature of our mastery and craftsmanship, which continues to this day.

Kirsteen Campbell The Macallan's Master Whisky Maker

A unique artwork in and of itself, the three hands pass an implicit nod to the decades that passed during the maturation of the single malt.

The Work of Many Hands

One hand represents that of once chairman of The Macallan, Allan Shiach, whose grandfather was head of the company when this spirit was first consigned to its cask. 

A second hand celebrates the Distillery workers of 1940 whose passion is imbued within this expression, while our present day Master Whisky Maker, Kirsteen Campbell is commemorated in the third hand as the final piece of this legacy’s puzzle and who decided now was the time to share this liquid with the world. 

The handcrafted quartet of liquid, glass, bronze and wood is housed in a specially- designed wood cabinet. 

I wanted to bring to life the rich heritage of the whisky, and the sense of the passing of time and the intergenerational passing of knowledge, from the beginning of the process of creating it in 1940, to its maturation, to today and on a human level.

Saskia Robinson Sculptor

Carefully Matured

The Reach is a rare single malt whisky crafted from a single, sherry-seasoned oak cask. As with all single malts crafted by The Macallan, wood is the single greatest influence on the quality, flavour, aromas and natural colour of this extraordinary expression.

The cabinet which houses The Reach uses wood from a fallen elm tree which is thought to have stood on The Macallan Estate in 1940, at the time the whisky was distilled.

While five doors slide back on a pedestal base, the wood’s pigmentation highlights the growth rings that tell of the tree’s great age — a captivating record of how the past becomes the present.

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