Scottish Whisky distillers The Macallan has unveiled Tales of The Macallan Volume II, the second edition in a remarkable series of rare single malt Scotch whiskies, which tells the story of The Macallan pioneers and their whisky-making legacy.
Paying homage to The Macallan founder Alexander Reid, every aspect of the release is a fitting tribute to Alexander’s standards of excellence in craftsmanship. A creative collaboration of the greatest craftspeople is reflected in each detail of the collection.
Long-standing partner, master French crystal maker Lalique fashioned the flawless crystal decanter to house the whisky, etched with Andrew Davidson’s captivating illustrations depicting Alexander Reid as a teacher, farmer and distiller.
Traditional London-based bookbinders, Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Zaehnsdorf, which specializes in fine binding, restoration and conservation of books and manuscripts, created the unique, hand-crafted Tales of The Macallan Volume II book, which demanded extraordinary technical expertise to conceal the decanter within its 800 pages.
Artisan printer Imprimerie du Marais in Paris, which creates luxury pieces using specially developed paper, ink and printing processes, expertly printed each individual page.
And, of course, the liquid, which was crafted by The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker, Euan Kennedy, his exemplary 1949 vintage whisky, bottled in 2022, was selected at the apex of its maturation for its release in honour of our founder, Alexander Reid, in our 200th anniversary year.
With rich forest fruits and sweet aromatic woodsmoke on the nose, the release also incorporates black cherries, plum jam, dark chocolate orange and custard pastry on the palette, while the finish is long & complex, with a sweet lingering smokiness.
“Tales of The Macallan Volume II is a tribute to our founder Alexander Reid, whose commitment to quality and craftsmanship established the pursuit of uncompromised excellence that has continued to guide successive generations of The Macallan’s whisky makers, like me, to this day,” explained Kennedy.
“Displaying beautiful tones of bronzed oak, and subtle red hues that reflect the original meaning of Alexander Reid’s surname in Scots – The Red One – this rare and unique single malt whisky possesses an incredible complexity achieved through age and patient maturation.
“Enjoying a lingering smokiness redolent of whiskies of Alexander’s time, it is a fitting tribute to his living legacy as we celebrate our 200thanniversary year,” Kennedy continued.
Alexander, fascinated with the alchemy of distillation that transformed barley into whisky, established the Distillery on Easter Elchies Estate, Speyside, Scotland, in 1824.