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The Legacy Continues, Introducing Tales of The Macallan Volume II

As we step into a historic milestone, The Macallan welcomes its 200th anniversary with an exquisite release that not only celebrates the legacy of its founder but also marks the beginning of a year filled with anticipation and reverence. The unveiling of Tales of The Macallan Volume II offers a rare glimpse into the heart of The Macallan’s storied past, paying tribute to Alexander Reid, whose vision and dedication have shaped the essence of one of the world’s most revered single malt Scotch whiskies.

A Tribute to Alexander Reid: The Visionary Behind The Macallan

Alexander Reid, a name synonymous with passion, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of excellence laid the foundation of The Macallan in 1824 amidst the rolling hills of Speyside, Scotland. His pioneering spirit is celebrated in the second edition of Tales of The Macallan, where his roles as a teacher, farmer, and distiller illustrate a journey towards ultimate mastery. This edition encapsulates the essence of Reid’s contributions and the enduring standards of craftsmanship he established, which continue to guide The Macallan today.

An Ode to Craftsmanship: The Creation of Tales of The Macallan Volume II

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, Tales of The Macallan Volume II is the brainchild of Lead Whisky Maker Euan Kennedy. The 1949 vintage, bottled in 2022, represents the pinnacle of maturation, embodying the legacy of The Macallan in its landmark anniversary year. Encased in a bespoke Lalique crystal decanter, this release is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.

The accompanying almanack, a marvel of craftsmanship, was brought to life by the traditional London-based bookbinder’s Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe, and Zaehnsdorf. Concealing the decanter within its 800 pages, the book features enchanting illustrations by Andrew Davidson, whose work captures the essence of Alexander Reid’s story with every turn of the page.

A Symphony of Flavours: The Whisky Maker’s Notes

Kennedy describes Tales of The Macallan Volume II as a tribute to the unwavering commitment to quality that has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its inception. With a colour reminiscent of bronzed oak and subtle red hues, this rare single malt boasts a complexity achieved through patient maturation. Its profile of rich forest fruits, aromatic woodsmoke, and a medley of spices, culminating in a long, complex finish with a sweet lingering smokiness, is a testament to the legacy of Alexander Reid.

Celebrating a Milestone: The Launch and Availability

To commemorate the launch, a unique zoetrope-style animation has been created, breathing life into the story of Alexander Reid. Accompanied by a piece composed by Craig Armstrong, this animation offers a visual and auditory journey through the legacy of The Macallan.

Tales of The Macallan Volume II, with a limited release of 344 decanters, became available on 26 January 2024, inviting connoisseurs and collectors to partake in a piece of The Macallan’s history. Priced at £77,391 / $89,000 / €89,000, this remarkable edition can be found at The Macallan Estate, boutiques, and select premium retailers.

For further information visit www.themacallan.com and become a member of The Macallan Society to explore the stories behind these extraordinary single malts.