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The Macallan Red Collection 71 Years Old

The Red Collection - 71 Years Old

71 Years in the Making

The Macallan Red Collection reflects our deep respect for time, tradition and craftsmanship. It is a celebration of the rich range of reds present naturally in The Macallan—in every step of the process.

The distinctive red colour weaves its way through our history, starting with the name of our founder Alexander Reid—literally “The Red”, to The Macallan’s ‘Choice Old’ range released over a century ago in 1903, through to Allan Shiach marking vintage bottles of The Macallan with a red ribbon in the 1980s.

Patient Maturation

The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker Sarah Burgess, presents a peerless single malt whisky that has slowly matured over seven extraordinary decades under the watchful eye of generations of whisky makers, until it has reached this perfect moment of maturation. The ‘new make’ spirit from The Macallan’s small copper stills was laid down in hand-picked oak casks and left to mature for seventy one years.

During these decades of slumber, the carefully selected wood shaped the unique character of the whisky delivering the natural colour, distinctive aromas and full flavours of this aged single malt.

It has been an amazing and incredibly memorable experience to nose and carefully select the casks for The Red Collection. Creating this wonderful range simply would not have been possible without the skill and experience of the current whisky team, combined with previous generations of whisky mastery at The Macallan.

Sarah Burgess, Lead Whisky Maker at The Macallan

The Experience

  • Colour

    Burnished Copper

  • Nose

    A sweet and spicy opening with Wood spices, soft ginger, nutmeg and orange peel moving into rich vanilla reminiscent of a crème brulee.  There are underlying notes of honeydew melon and fig.

  • Palate

    The sweet and spicy characteristics continue on the palate with a sweet ginger sponge moving into the creamy vanilla flavours of a baked custard tart. Finally moving into a combination of  lapsang souchong and treacle tart.

  • Finish

    A medium finish rich in  Wood smoke, peach and hazelnut

  • ABV

    41.6%

  • Whisky Maker

    Sarah Burgess

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Presentation

The oak presentation box is crafted by hand in the UK, using the same sustainable European oak we use to make our casks. The box has been beautifully upholstered with sustainably sourced, soft scottish leather from our renowned partners, Bridge of Weir Leather.

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