Macallan unveils Distil Your World New YorkBy Georgie Collins
The Macallan, in collaboration with the Roca Brothers, has released Distil Your World New York, a single malt whisky and documentary designed to capture the essence of the iconic city.
The Distil Your World New York whisky, which is the latest release in a series of limited edition single malt whiskies and gastronomic creations exploring leading locations around the globe, was crafted by The Macallan whisky maker Polly Logan using a combination of six European and American oak casks. It builds on the characteristically subtle apple notes of The Macallan, while also offering the sweetness of classic American candy alongside nods of peanut butter and chocolate.
The whisky was released alongside a 30-minute documentary that premiered in New York before being made available on Amazon Prime Video and YouTube in April 2022.
The documentary follows the travels of Logan and Joan Roca in New York, as they spend time with the artists and visionaries who fuel its vibrant culture, including globally acclaimed jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and legendary street artist Lady Pink.
Logan said: “This project is a homage to the people of New York. The daring, creative and diverse characters we’ve met along the way. This whisky is bold, vibrant and uplifting – just like each of them.
“We really looked towards the quintessential tastes of New York – sweet candy, waffles, peanut brittle, chocolate and pecans. The city’s thriving street food scene was a great source of inspiration.”
The city also offered inspiration for the Roca brothers to create a unique menu for El Celler de Can Roca, twice named Best Restaurant in the World, designed to take diners on a journey through New York. Their creations include a potato cronut with salsa brava, waffles with chicken pâté and sugarcane syrup, and cured and smoked strip steak. The Big Apple, their masterpiece dessert, features a caramel apple filled with fresh apple purée and milk chocolate.
Joan Roca said: “The originality of New York is endless, it’s impossible to portray it with just one creation, so we needed to express it through an extended menu, where every dish tells a story. The city grabs hold of you instantly. Its energy pushed us to create a complex and daring menu, with ideas that we explored for the very first time.”
Distil Your World New York is housed in a white presentation box featuring an engraved aerial map of New York. The water surrounding the city and the skyscraper buildings are both represented by bold touches of blue on the box, which also contains a book documenting the different inspirations behind this single malt, and the craftsmanship involved in its creation, alongside New York photography.
The Macallan Distil Your World New York is a limited edition release with an RRP of $4,200 (£3223.52) for the 700ml bottle and $4,500 (£3453.77) for the 750ml version. It will be available at select The Macallan Boutiques around the world, in premium specialist retailers and in exclusive premium non-specialist retailers from April 2022.
In February of this year, The Macallan unveiled the world’s oldest single malt Scotch, The Reach.