As the oldest whisky that The Macallan has released to date, The Reach boasts a distinctly dramatic history. Crafted at the beginning of WWII, it was set aside in 1940, just before the war forced the distillery to close its doors.
The 81 Years Old rare single malt whisky has been matured in a single, sherry-seasoned oak cask and was finally bottled in an exquisite hand-blown glass decanter cradled in a bronze sculpture depicting three hands created by Scottish sculptor Saskia Robinson. One hand commemorates the distillery workers of 1940 who crafted the spirit in challenging times. Another is the hand of once chairman of The Macallan, Allan Shiach, whose grandfather headed the company when this spirit was first consigned to its cask. The third is that of Master Whisky Maker, Kirsteen Campbell, who carefully selected the special cask used to create The Reach and decided to share it with the world.
The spirit’s deep auburn hue hint at astonishing depth - offering notes of dark chocolate, sweet cinnamon, and aromatic peat, leading to treacle toffee, crystallized ginger, and charred pineapple before giving way to an intensely rich, sweet, and smoky finish, according to Campbell.
Limited to 288 decanters worldwide, RSP is POA.