The Macallan Reveals Its Latest in the Exceptional Single Cask Series: A 68 Year Old Single Malt

This whisky was distilled in 1950.

By Janice O'leary 03/08/2019

The Macallan does an especially great job of hanging on to some of its older stock for as long as possible without compromising quality. Managing that fine balance, being able to predict when a whisky is at its peak of aging, is a special skill, and one that the Macallan seems to value even more than other distilleries. This latest addition to the Exceptional Single Cask range was distilled back in 1950 and put into a first fill sherry butt. The distiller’s notes— we haven’t had a sip yet of this incredibly rare $58,000 elixir—speak of peach and vanilla flavours, some orange zest and ginger, as well as antique oak with a trace of lingering peat.

While peat isn’t normally a character you’d find in a Macallan, back when this was distilled, peat was being used in drying the barley. It’s a wonderful marker of time and the difference history makes. The 1950s saw construction of new buildings at the Macallan estate, as well as the acquisition of more farmland and the property’s first long-haired, highland cows—an appropriate bookend to the opening of its new distillery and visitor’s center last year.

Hailing from a single cask as it does, this single malt is limited to just 336 bottles that will go up for sale in August. While the price tag seems steep, you can bet they will sell fast and will go for even larger sums on the secondary market.

The Exceptional Single Cask range was added to the brand’s portfolio in 2017. This new bottle joins seven bottles in the series that were released in 2017 and range in age from 12 to 22 years old. These whiskies are always cask strength, and the 2019 release is no different, coming in at a feisty 106.8 proof. It was bottled in September 2018.

ADVERTISE WITH US

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Stay Connected

You may also like.

One of Claude Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ Paintings Heads To Auction

Titled ‘Coin Le Bassin aux Nymphéas’, the work will be offered by Sotheby’s in a New York sale on November 16.

By Angelica Villa

04/11/2021

George Byrne Returns To Australia With New Work

Influenced by the confines of lockdown, the LA-based photographer offers a splash of colour.

By Robb Report Staff

22/10/2021

On Course For A Win

Golf with Greg Norman, front door proximity keys and a sustainable, designer lifestyle. We explore Sekisui House’s unparalleled Norman Estates at Gledswood Hills.

By Robb Report

21/10/2021

Inside Delta — The Athens Restaurant Serving Greek Gastronomy

At Delta, guests are served Greek cuisine with Scandinavian flair during single nightly seatings for just 12 tables.

By Katie Kelly Bell

18/10/2021

Buy the Magazine

Subscribe to Robb Report today!

Subscribe today

Stay Connected