Macallan 62 Year Old Lalique Six Pillars Collection 75cl / US Import
It may be hard to imagine today, but for much of the 20th century, Macallan was primarily a constituent malt in blends. It was not until the 1980s downturn in the market that the distillery decided to focus on its single malt brand. Fortuitously, this coincided with the crest of a wave of enthusiasm for the high quality releases that the distillery had licensed to Campbell, Hope & King and Gordon & MacPhail in the 1960s and 1970s. These remain some of the most collectible on the market. While global single malt sales volume is still lead by Speyside neighbours, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, Macallan is easily the most sought after. So much so in fact, that they had to open a brand new distillery in 2018, a subterranean architectural masterpiece within the Easter Elchies estate, boasting 36 copper pot stills.
Released in 2014, this is the fifth decanter in a highly limited, exclusive Macallan collaboration with crystal makers, Lalique. The series is called The Six Pillars collection, and saw 6 decanters released over an eleven year period, each celebrating one of the six facets that Macallan believe set them apart from Scotland's other distilleries. The Macallan Six Pillars are: Exceptional Oak Casks, Spiritual Home, Curiously Small Stills, Finest Cut, Natural Colour and Peerless Spirit.
This decanter celebrates the Macallan "Spiritual Home," and was designed by Marc Larminaux from Lalique, intent on capturing the legacy of Rene Lalique and Easter Elchies House. The side of the bottle displays the initials JEG, as displayed on the original date stone laid for Easter Elchies House, they are those of Captain John Grant who oversaw the building of the manor house in the late 1700s. Other aspects of Easter Elchies House are depicted in the decanter, such as the 'crow-steps' interpreted in the neck, and of course the stopper represents the chimneys.
American oak casks, seasoned with sherry were chosen and filled in November 1950. After 62 years of maturation, only 400 decanters of this incredibly rare Macallan were ever produced.