Among whisky connoisseurs, The Macallan's Fine & Rare collection is far and above mere single malt Scotch. And the storied distillery's latest addition to the club is only going to make the legend stronger. Only five bottles of the newly released 1978 vintage will make their way to the U.S. market priced at about $11,700 apiece.
In 1978, Macallan was using more peat to make their whisky, making this vintage of special appeal to those who like smoky single malts, while it was matured in "remade" ex-bourbon casks. "It's unusual in The Macallan to find peated smoke alongside some of the characteristics synonymous with American oak like apricot, vanilla and toffee," notes The Macallan’s Whisky Maker, Steven Bremner.
And he adds that "there is a charming mystery in not knowing which original casks were carefully crafted together to create this unique 'remade' cask which has delivered an exceptional vintage" 39 years later.