For those who love to taste only the finest and most exquisite spirits, here is one that will surely leave you in high spirits. Luxury brand Macallan and legendary crystal house Lalique have teamed up to launch the third decanter in The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection. The third decanter takes its inspiration from The Macallan’s Finest Cut, that fraction of the new make spirit, which is filled into casks for maturation (which is just a mere 16% in Macallan’s case). The gorgeous decanter houses an infrequent 57 years old single malt whisky. It is the second oldest ‘vintage’ Macallan whisky ever released. The 57-year-old has been vatted together from two casks- a 1950 American oak sherry butt and a vatting of Macallan from Spanish oak sherry butts originally filled in 1949, 1951, and 1952. The result is a soft, sumptuous single malt that shows off the classic dried fruits, spice, and hints of pea.
The exquisite decanter designed by Lalique’s Design Studio is inspired by the legacy of Rene Lalique to design a decanter featuring the ‘stilligoute’ of a perfume bottle, the long piece of pure crystal flowing down to a point from the base of the bottle stopper. A portion of the stopper has been left completely clear and not “satinee” to represent the 16% ‘finest cut’. Up to 15 craftsmen worked on each elegant decanter, and each one bears the esteemed ‘Lalique France’ signature.
The decanter filled with the rare malt comes in a beautifully designed lacquer presentation box, with a crystal stopper and a collector’s guide, detailing the craftsmanship that has gone into producing this beautiful product. An exclusive creation, this 57-year-old will be a limited edition of just 400 decanters, each individually numbered.
This exquisite malt in its elegant decanter is valued at $15,000 and is expected to be available for sale in September 2009 at selected in the USA, UK, Europe, and Asia.