Macallan celebrates the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation, honoring the event with a limited edition. The release features two 350ml single malt whiskey bottles, each raising an ode to two eras of the Queen’s reign – the first commemorating her in 1953, and the other paying reverence to the “treasured monarch” she has become today. Owing to the dynamicity of the occasion, Macallan roped in popular Art Director, David Holmes to design the pack; and Homes has done a hand’s on job. He has featured each bottle with a different image of the Queen – one taken in 1953 by Cecil Beaton and the other in 2004 by Julian Calder (both photographers have to their credit excellent reputes).
The bottles would be cased in an elegant box that has been rendered to project a bright and celebratory feel – colors as gold, Windsor red, and blue have been used, as on the Queen’s Coat arms. “The idea of the confident red box with gold florets underlines the respectful presentation”, expresses Holmes.
Not just fussing over the design of the package, detailed attention has been rendered to the contents of the bottle as well. The limited-edition whiskey differs in terms of the character and personality of the Queen. The 1953 Cecil Beaton bottle matured in American oak sherry seasoned casks is a vibrant gold spirit offering a lemon and orange citrus nose. Ginger and summer berries flit in the background showing the exuberance of youth while also hinting at a founding level of maturity.
On the other hand, the 2004 Julian Calder bottle, which has matured in Spanish sherry seasoned oak casks, exudes a splendid mahogany spirit and presents a richly mature, elegant, and refined nose. Nutmeg, ginger, rich fruits, and resin soften to give a full mouthfeel. There is great maturity on the palate, yet no sign of age.
Only 1953 exclusive bottles would be available from The Macallan Distillery Visitor Centre for collection only and online for UK customers at www.themacallan.com for $530.