Macallan has introduced a 52-year-old single cask single malt laid down on 13 November 1965, with a limited number of bottles available for £38,500 each.
Matured for 52 years in a first-fill European oak ex-Sherry cask and bottled at 48% abv, the whisky is said to contain notes of ‘rich fruit and dark chocolate fondant’ with ‘hints of peat smoke… cinnamon and ginger’.
It was produced in the same year the Speyside distillery doubled its distillation capacity with the introduction of six new stills.
Each bottle is hand-signed by Macallan whisky maker Sarah Burgess, and presented in a solid oak box with an etched face inlaid with a matte gold age statement.
Burgess said: ‘After being left to mature for 52 long years in one exceptional, hand crafted European oak Sherry seasoned cask, this wonderfully rare single malt is full of rich spicy flavours and has a beautiful ruby mahogany natural colour.
‘The Macallan 52 years old is an outstanding addition to our expanding range of unique, classic-aged whiskies and is a testament to the harmony created through the mastery of wood and spirit.’
Just 250 bottles of the expression are available from selected specialist retailers globally, for £38,500/US$50,000.