Macallan debuts world’s oldest single malt Scotch

The Macallan has released an 81-year-old whisky, taking the title of the world’s oldest single malt Scotch.

The Edrington-owned whisky brand has unveiled The Reach, a single malt buried in 1940 during the Second World War. The 81-year-old whisky is made from a single oak cask seasoned with sherry and is presented in a decanter supported by a bronze sculpture of three hands.

Each hand represents a character from the brand’s history, including the workers at the 1940 distillery – the origin of the spirit – chairman Allan Shiach and current master whisky maker Kirsteen Campbell, who selected the 1940 cask for The Reach.

The history of Macallan is highlighted and represents a collaborative effort, as well as a tribute to the whisky makers.

The bottle broke the record for the world’s oldest single malt Scotch, previously set by an 80-year-old Gordon & MacPhail expression, launched last September.

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