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The Macallan Fine & Rare 1949 Vintage

$59,414.99 USD

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The Macallan Fine & Rare 1949 Vintage is a true testament to The Macallan's relentless pursuit of quality, excellence, and craftsmanship. Rooted in the heart of the Speyside region in north-east Scotland, The Macallan has long been associated with producing exceptional single malt Scotch whisky. Founded by Alexander Reid on a plateau overlooking the River Spey, the distillery boasts a sprawling 485-acre estate with the historic Easter Elchies House at its center. It holds a place of honor as one of the earliest distillers in Scotland to acquire a legal license, and since that pivotal moment, it has cemented its reputation as one of the world's foremost purveyors of single malt whisky.

The creation of The Macallan draws inspiration from the vital influences of Spain, North America, and Scotland, each contributing their unique natural raw materials. These elements are seamlessly intertwined with traditional methods and an unwavering commitment to craftsmanship. Founded by Alexander Reid, a barley farmer and school teacher, the original name of the area, "Maghellan," is derived from the Gallic word "magh," signifying fertile ground, and "Ellan," associated with Monk St. Fillan, who had a close connection to the church that once graced The Macallan Estate until 1400. For centuries, farmers in the region had been distilling whisky on their Speyside farms during the quieter winter months.

The reputation of The Macallan is built upon the foundation of exceptional quality and distinctive character, upheld by a set of guiding principles. These principles, known as the Six Pillars, encompass the influence of place, the meticulousness of process, the dedication of people, and the passion that infuses every drop of the unique spirit of The Macallan. Central to the essence of The Macallan is its reliance on exceptional oak casks, which are hand-picked, meticulously crafted, toasted, and seasoned under the watchful eye of The Macallan Master of Wood. These casks are delivered to the exacting specifications of The Macallan Whisky Mastery Team. For every expression crafted by The Macallan, the quality of the whisky is profoundly impacted by the caliber of the oak casks in which it matures, in conjunction with the excellence of the "new make" spirit, created from water, yeast, and barley. In fact, up to 80% of The Macallan's final character and flavor is shaped by cask quality, making the oak cask the single most influential factor in maintaining and delivering the quality and style of The Macallan single malt.

Every bottle of The Macallan derives its color exclusively from the wood in which it is matured. As wood is a natural product, each tree brings forth its distinct flavors and hues during the maturation process. The artistry of The Macallan's whisky makers ensures that the color remains as consistent as possible from one bottling to the next, achieved through the vigilant management and selection of casks that contribute the spectrum of natural colors integral to The Macallan single malt. The Macallan maintains a close partnership with fully integrated "tree to finished seasoned cask" companies in Spain. This collaboration involves identifying oak trees in the forests of northern Spain, felling the trees, sawing and air-drying the oak staves, and subsequently shipping them to the southern regions for further air-drying, reducing moisture content. The casks are seasoned for 18 months before embarking on their journey to Scotland, where they are filled with The Macallan's "new make" spirit.

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Tasting Notes

The specific tasting notes for The Macallan Fine & Rare 1949 Vintage may vary due to its age, rarity, and individual characteristics. However, you can anticipate encountering the following elements in a whisky of this caliber:

  • Color: A deep, enchanting amber or golden hue, indicative of the whisky's extended maturation.
  • Nose: The aroma is an exquisite revelation, with an interplay of nuanced notes, including aged oak, delicate spices, and a touch of peat smoke. It is an olfactory journey that carries the weight of history and wisdom.
  • Palate: On the palate, the whisky unfurls a rich tapestry of flavors. It offers complexity in abundance, with a peaty introduction leading to an orchestration of tropical fruits, dried oranges, and subtle hints of pine resin. The palate is an exploration of depth and character, showcasing the whisky's profound and intricate nature.
  • Finish: The finish is an enduring and majestic conclusion. It maintains a warm embrace of oak, delicate sweetness, and a lingering touch of spice. The finish leaves an indelible mark on the senses, underscoring the whisky's timeless elegance.

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The Macallan Fine & Rare 1949 Vintage - Liquor Geeks
The Macallan

The Macallan Fine & Rare 1949 Vintage

$59,414.99 USD

The Macallan Fine & Rare 1949 Vintage is a true testament to The Macallan's relentless pursuit of quality, excellence, and craftsmanship. Rooted in the heart of the Speyside region in north-east Scotland, The Macallan has long been associated with producing exceptional single malt Scotch whisky. Founded by Alexander Reid on a plateau overlooking the River Spey, the distillery boasts a sprawling 485-acre estate with the historic Easter Elchies House at its center. It holds a place of honor as one of the earliest distillers in Scotland to acquire a legal license, and since that pivotal moment, it has cemented its reputation as one of the world's foremost purveyors of single malt whisky.

The creation of The Macallan draws inspiration from the vital influences of Spain, North America, and Scotland, each contributing their unique natural raw materials. These elements are seamlessly intertwined with traditional methods and an unwavering commitment to craftsmanship. Founded by Alexander Reid, a barley farmer and school teacher, the original name of the area, "Maghellan," is derived from the Gallic word "magh," signifying fertile ground, and "Ellan," associated with Monk St. Fillan, who had a close connection to the church that once graced The Macallan Estate until 1400. For centuries, farmers in the region had been distilling whisky on their Speyside farms during the quieter winter months.

The reputation of The Macallan is built upon the foundation of exceptional quality and distinctive character, upheld by a set of guiding principles. These principles, known as the Six Pillars, encompass the influence of place, the meticulousness of process, the dedication of people, and the passion that infuses every drop of the unique spirit of The Macallan. Central to the essence of The Macallan is its reliance on exceptional oak casks, which are hand-picked, meticulously crafted, toasted, and seasoned under the watchful eye of The Macallan Master of Wood. These casks are delivered to the exacting specifications of The Macallan Whisky Mastery Team. For every expression crafted by The Macallan, the quality of the whisky is profoundly impacted by the caliber of the oak casks in which it matures, in conjunction with the excellence of the "new make" spirit, created from water, yeast, and barley. In fact, up to 80% of The Macallan's final character and flavor is shaped by cask quality, making the oak cask the single most influential factor in maintaining and delivering the quality and style of The Macallan single malt.

Every bottle of The Macallan derives its color exclusively from the wood in which it is matured. As wood is a natural product, each tree brings forth its distinct flavors and hues during the maturation process. The artistry of The Macallan's whisky makers ensures that the color remains as consistent as possible from one bottling to the next, achieved through the vigilant management and selection of casks that contribute the spectrum of natural colors integral to The Macallan single malt. The Macallan maintains a close partnership with fully integrated "tree to finished seasoned cask" companies in Spain. This collaboration involves identifying oak trees in the forests of northern Spain, felling the trees, sawing and air-drying the oak staves, and subsequently shipping them to the southern regions for further air-drying, reducing moisture content. The casks are seasoned for 18 months before embarking on their journey to Scotland, where they are filled with The Macallan's "new make" spirit.

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