Thursday, September 20, 2018


The Macallan, has announced the launch of the first of three Rare Cask bottlings, to be released this year.

The Macallan Rare Cask Batch No. 1 - 2018 (43% ABV) has been matured in hand selected, first fill sherry casks.
The Macallan Rare Cask Batch No.1 - 2018

The Macallan Rare Cask bottlings, are said to exemplify the ‘art of the cask’ and its dedication to using only the best quality wood - a process carefully managed from acorn to cask.

The process of hand-selecting casks is highly skilled and complex, requiring a balance of cask knowledge and creativity. Less than 1% of the casks maturing in The Macallan reserves meet the strict criteria for the Rare Cask bottlings.

This latest Macallan, is one of three batches to be released this year, with four planned for each subsequent year. Each limited batch release represents the volume of only 50 oak sherry butts.

Commenting on the news,Nick Savage, The Macallan Master Distiller, said: “The rarity of Rare Cask lies in the limited number of first fill sherry seasoned casks. This whisky truly exhibits the art of cask selection and the role of our Whisky Making Team to hand pick the casks for each batch.  The casks give the greatest contribution to the character and are the only source of the rich mahogany colour. It is one of The Macallan’s most complex yet balanced whiskies that we’ve created, with soft notes of rich oak, vanilla and chocolate.”

He went onto say: “Rare Cask’s flavour has been created to be savoured and shared with those who appreciate a single malt with a rich depth of a complexity and perfect balance.  With the release of yearly batches, Rare Cask can also be a memorable way to celebrate or mark a special year or occasion.”

The Macallan Rare Cask Batch No. 1 – 2018, will be available next month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £230,00.

Posted by Steve Rush