Rare glimpse in to casks

The whisky has an ABV of 43%

SPEYSIDE distillery The Macallan has launched Rare Cask Batch No 1, 2018 Release – the first of three releases this year.

The inaugural batch introduces new packaging for Rare Cask, which is intended to align it to the rest of The Macallan range and provide consumers with more insight into the whisky-making process.

Nick Savage, master distiller at The Macallan, said the whisky “truly exhibits the art of cask selection”.

“The rarity of Rare Cask lies in the limited number of first-fill sherry seasoned casks,” he said.

“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.

“With the release of yearly batches, Rare Cask can also be a memorable way to celebrate or mark a special year or occasion.”