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The Macallan unveils exclusive new whisky made using Easter Elchies Estate barley

The Macallan has unveiled its latest release, a new single malt containing rare spirit distilled with barley grown at Easter Elchies estate, the home of its distillery. 

Published: May 31, 2019
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Described as a rich and complex whisky with a "remarkably long finish", Edrington say The Macallan Estate - which is a permanent addition to the core range - is a unique opportunity to experience a single malt containing spirit made from The Macallan’s home-grown barley, which is distilled just once a year over the course of a single week.

Previously, this scarce spirit had been limited to the brand's most exclusive and sought-after releases.

Set within the Speyside region, the 485-acre Easter Elchies estate has been producing single malt whisky since the original distillery - then named Elchies - was founded in 1824.

Its barley fields are located on the banks of the River Spey, overlooked by The Macallan’s new distillery which opened to the public in June last year and was inspired by the region's undulating hills and cut into the slope of the land to complement its Spey Valley setting.

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Sarah Burgess, whisky maker for The Macallan, said: “Our Easter Elchies estate lies within the legendary Speyside region of Scotland, a place of timeless natural beauty, and a place that we are proud to call home."

She added that the new 43% abv whisky displays a "warm chestnut hue" and exudes aromas of "wood spice and orange oil", she said:  “With its wonderful sweet citrus hints and warming wood spice, The Macallan Estate is a rich, satisfying and complex spirit that pays homage to the fertile Speyside lands where The Macallan is located and celebrates the unrivalled craftsmanship for which we have been known since 1824.”

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Distiller's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Conker, chestnut hue

Nose: Warm, comforting and homely notes of cinnamon. Wood spice and orange oil, opening into dried fruits with a sweet lemon, banana and caramel.

Palate: Soft and warming with wood spice, opening into a dry oak flavour spiked with candied raisin and fresh fig. Moving into a sweet fresh orange and delicate fresh citrus.

Finish: A sweet citrus twist.

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• Priced at £195, Estate will be available to buy from selected whisky specialists from July.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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