Macallan unveils 72-year-old whisky priced at $60k

31st May, 2018 by Nicola Carruthers

Edrington is set to release its oldest Macallan expression to date – a 72-year-old single malt bottled in a Lalique crystal decanter, priced at US$60,000.

The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique takes design cues from the new distillery and visitor centre

The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique takes design cues from the brand’s new Speyside distillery

The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique – The Genesis Decanter has been released to celebrate the opening of the new £140m Macallan distillery and visitor centre on 2 June.

Distilled during the 1940s, the new expression has an “exquisite balance of strong, sweet oak with the peaty spirit shaping its refined character”. The nose is said to have aromas of fruit followed by hints of peat, with a “lingering hint of rich fruit and oak” on the finish.

The bottle design has been inspired by the curvature of the distillery’s roof structure, which is said to be suggestive of the building rising and falling from the ground.

The presentation case is inspired by the interior of the distillery, with a curved wooden roof over the decanter and a footprint taken directly from the circular layout of the three new still houses.

Nick Savage, The Macallan master distiller, said: “The Macallan 72 Years Old is an incredibly rare single malt defined by years of dedication and craftsmanship.

“As the oldest whisky we have ever bottled, this is a truly momentous occasion to commemorate our remarkable new distillery. Although delicate throughout all aspects, it provides an intense experience which acknowledges the distinguished history of The Macallan.”

The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique – The Genesis Decanter will be rolled out globally from August 2018. Limited to 600 decanters worldwide, it is priced at US$60,000 per 700ml .

Ken Grier, creative director for The Macallan, said: “Our wonderful new distillery is both a tribute to the traditions of our whisky and its natural Speyside environment, and a future-facing vision, looking forward to the next chapter of The Macallan. Lalique have a deep and true understanding of The Macallan, having been our partner for over a decade.

“Their interpretation of this design masterpiece in crystal is beyond exceptional. Their mastery and creativity never ceases to amaze and inspire us and our extraordinary collaboration is reflective of the highly meaningful part Lalique have played in the story of The Macallan.”

5 Responses to “Macallan unveils 72-year-old whisky priced at $60k”

  1. John says:

    Explain how a 72 year old spirit exists. What type of barrel was it aged in? A general rule of thumb is you can expect to lose 2% a year in volume to the “Angel’s share”. How many barrels do you need to produce 700ml?

  2. Tom says:


    Just to clarify and perhaps you’re aware as I am trying to understand what you asked. It’s not a loss of 2% of the original total per year. It’s an approximate loss of 3 – 4% to start, of 100%, Then perhaps 1-2% of WHAT”S LEFT next year, then the next, all the while the loss can lessen per year. 2% of 1000 oz is 20 oz, but 2% of what left is 19.6 oz and this number dwindles each year. The surface area of scotch to barrel surface changes as it evaporates which in turn changes the loss rate. However, there are many variables which make the losses change, but on average depending where and how the casks are stored, the losses are similar per warehouse.

    • John says:

      “I was told there would be no math”
      Tom, seriously thanks for the clarification. It would be interesting to hear more detail from MaCallan how much you have to start with to get 600X700ML.

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