After unveiling limited edition crystal decanters modelled after a cruise liner, airplane, steam train and a motorcar, The Macallan has now released the final edition in its Golden Age of Travel series in association with French master crystal maker Lalique. Titled ‘The Air Ship’, the fifth edition contains whiskey distilled in 1940 and matured with much love and labor for 35 years.
The spirit is presented in a crystal decanter shaped like a traveling flask that features a drawing of the first civil air transportation machine. Its cork comes with the ‘Wind Rose’ symbol from the 1930s and the bottle itself is presented in a premium leather box that resembles a classic 1930s travel trunk. The whiskey is limited to all of 48 decanters and is known to feature notes of smoked oak with elements of opulent dark chocolate and orange, with just a hint of sweet ginger.
Commenting on the edition, Polly Logan, whiskey maker at The Macallan, said: “The Macallan 1940 is an exceptional liquid that is a testament to the golden age of travel, and the period of glamour and style it represents.” He further added, “The first reveal of the character of the whisky comes through the antique oak color, and on the nose an atmospheric smoked oak with a richness of orange oil and dried fruits, exquisitely balanced with a beautifully light floral note of spring blossoms…The finish is long and lingering, like the memories of the passengers that traveled during this era, reliving the experience in all its glory.”
Edrington’s The Macallan 1940 Golden Age of Travel single malt is currently available at The Macallan Boutiques in travel retail for US$50,000 per unit.