This memorable limited edition is The Macallan’s oldest ever single malt, released to commemorate the new distillery and tasting room’s inauguration. Bottled in an art deco crystal decanter designed by French glassmaker Lalique and encased in a collectible box designed by Burgess Studio, influenced by the awe-inspiring distillery interior. Only 600 decanters were available, making The Macallan 72 Year Old in Lalique a unique collector’s item.
An unprecedented experience, The Macallan 72 Year Old in Lalique is incredibly subtle and lively despite its age. Peat smoke and sweet charred oak aromas are nicely infused in the mellow malt profile redolent of fresh green apples and citrus fruits all inside a cloud of creamy vanilla paste for a charming nose.
Concentrated and even heavy, but without losing an elegant charm. The rich palate brims of malt aromas on the tart and citrus fruit side of the scale with dried key limes and green apple peels extending into the finish. The flavor is infused with sweet smoke showing in the back-palate leaving a vanilla-scented aftertaste proper of a well-aged malt of regal simplicity.
Citrus peel and dried fruit aromas permeate the aftertaste, livened by a comforting vanilla scent as the smoke dissipates and merges with the dignified last breath.
Sip or skip?
Overall? Yes, this is a malt worthy of the most memorable occasions; it’s not only a historical piece to crown any whisky collection, it shows a rare expression of single malt distilled in the 1940s. The case and the decanter are a big plus, but the malt steals the show, and we won’t come across something like this anytime soon.
Other Macallan expressions to try
The Macallan Fine & Rare 56-year-old 1946, bottled in 2002, might be the only malt in the distillery’s repertoire to match in texture and aromatics in The Macallan 72 Year Old. No recent release compares to the beauty-in-simplicity of the old-school malt from the distillery’s golden age.