Whisky Magazine Issue 74
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As part of our 10th Anniversary celebrations Rob Allanson headed up to Speyside as the magazine was invited to lay down a couple of special barrels at The Macallan Distillery.
There are some moments in life that are worth savouring and can be made all the more memorable by some fine company. A trip to The Macallan will normally tick both these boxes but when you add in filling your own barrel as part of the En Primeur scheme, it takes a distillery visit to another dimension.
The excitement had started to build the night be for in the comfy surroundings of the Craigellachie Hotel. There was quite a buzz round the bar after dinner as guests started to chat to each other and inevitably the conversations focused on whisky.
A few well chosen and discussed drams later I had found one of the couples (a member of the banking community and his wife) who were due to join me up at the distillery. There was a sort of murder mystery, even spy story feel to the evening as we tried to work out who else was joining us on the Macallan escapade.
Once up at the distillery in the morning, greeted by the scheme's co-ordinator Alison Murray, it was clear who the other couples were. An airline pilot and his wife and a couple from Hong Kong made up the select group to fill their casks.
Distillery owner Edrington launched En Primeur last year. The invitation only caskbuying scheme offers serious Macallan lovers a unique opportunity.
Participants are allowed to select the cask that they buy and therefore the style of The Macallan they will be investing in. Options include European sherry, American sherry or American bourbon, and cask styles include butts, barrels, hogs...