Focusing on the story of a ‘unique land and extraordinary river’, the new limited-edition single malt highlights the harmony found on The Macallan Estate between whisky making, agriculture and nature. The estate itself lies on the banks of the River Spey, which is renowned for the Atlantic salmon that reside there.
The Macallan’s ghillie, Robert Mitchell is the guardian of the distillery's stretch of the River Spey and takes great pride in his role caring for it. He said: “A day on the River Spey is supremely special. You feel that you are escaping from everything and truly connecting with nature and with our distillery completing this stunning landscape, there is no other place in the world capable of drawing so many wonders together. We are proud custodians of our one-and-three-quarter mile stretch of the River Spey and advocate for sustainability of the wildlife in and around it and so all fishing at The Macallan is catch and release.”
In order to reflect the inspirational landscape around him, The Macallan whisky maker, Steven Bremner chose five cask styles that would embody the unique stories found there, with the final result a combination of American and European oak sherry-seasoned casks.
Bremner said: “From its early days of whisky making almost 200 years ago, The Macallan has been strongly inspired by and intrinsically connected to nature. It is the force that flows through everything we do at The Macallan and our whisky is enriched by its powerful presence. Edition No.6 is inspired by the natural world surrounding our distillery, which has so much to offer and enjoy, in particular the River Spey, which is so vibrant, and full of energy.
“This complex single malt provides the perfect conclusion to the Edition Series as there is so much to discover in this whisky. The natural colour of antique brass derived from The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks indicates the richness of flavour that awaits and there is a structure and depth that is uncovered more and more over time.”
As part of its focus on showcasing the wonders of the Spey, The Macallan has launched a charitable partnership with The Atlantic Salmon Trust in order to aid in the conservation of at-risk fish. The Trust is protecting wild salmon and sea trout by tracking their migration across thousands of kilometres from their dominion to the open oceans.
The Macallan Edition No.6 has an RRP of £95 and will be available at The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt, The Whisky Shop and other specialist retailers from September 29th 2020.