PEERLESS SPIRIT – THE FINAL MACALLAN IN LALIQUE DECANTER COMPLETES THE SIX PILLARS COLLECTION
June 1, 2016
The Macallan and Lalique are proud to present the sixth and final masterpiece from their prestigious The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection. Marking the concluding chapter in the story of The Macallan’s foundation stones, the ‘Peerless Spirit’ decanter exudes the fine elements that define the character of this extraordinary single malt. It is also a showcase of the strength and dedication behind this decade-long partnership which has bonded The Macallan and Lalique by an unwavering commitment to heritage, craftsmanship and mastery.
The final decanter in this global sell out collection, The Macallan in Lalique ‘Peerless Spirit’, features a 65 Year Old whisky, one of the oldest and rarest ever released by the distillery. The whisky is not only a true testament to the skill of each and every one of the craftsmen but it also pays homage to The Macallan’s commitment to creating beautiful whiskies through the tireless and obsessive sourcing of exceptional oak casks to nurture and age the supreme spirit that the brand is well-known for.
Designed and created by the legendary French crystal house Lalique, the ‘Peerless Spirit’ release, will be limited to only 450 individually numbered decanters. It celebrates the wonderfully rich, viscous and aromatic spirit that lies at the very heart of The Macallan. The exceptional sherry seasoned oak casks, rich flavour and beautiful natural colour all come together to deliver the distinctive character and quality that has helped make The Macallan one of the most precious single malt whiskies in the world.
Ken Grier, Brand Director for The Macallan, commented: “This stunning collection of decanters is the result of two kindred spirits, rooted in a shared passion for craftsmanship, detail and mastery. This sixth and final release continues to showcase the unwavering commitment of both the masters of Lalique and The Macallan to create beautiful and desirable objet d’art.
“With the entire collection now complete, it is time to reflect not only on the exquisite whiskies that have been brought to the forefront by The Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker, but also on the extraordinary skills of the Lalique craftsmen carrying on the legacy of René Lalique, the founding father whose artistic genius and talent continues to inspire and influence. It is the strong heritage, customs and traditions of both The Macallan and Lalique that have united to create this ultimate collection that is an exquisite embodiment of fine artistry and craft.”
Marc Larminaux, Creative Director for Lalique, conceptualised the decanter design around a single peerless drop of The Macallan, symbolising the most precious spirit in the world. The Peerless Spirit has been captured falling from the iconic Macallan inverted triangle, which can be found on every present day bottle of The Macallan. The first use of the triangle, can be traced back to The Macallan bottling’s from the 19th century.
Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique, said: “We are proud to have been part of this stirring journey celebrating the Six Pillars of The Macallan. The marriage of the finest and rarest Macallan single malt whiskies with our beautiful bespoke hand crafted decanters has been a wonder to behold. The countless hours of painstaking work by both partners have been encapsulated by this stand out collection of decanters that will be much admired by collectors around the world.”
The overall design of the decanter was heavily influenced by the blown and pinched technique as used by René Lalique for many of his famed Lalique perfume bottles. This final decanter, along with the other five from this remarkable series, have all been created from inspirations drawn from a design or a specific technique taken from René Lalique’s heritage.
Since its inception in 2005, The Macallan in Lalique Collection has proved extremely popular with collectors across the world. In 2014, according to a report in Whisky Magazine, The Macallan accounted for the top ten priced bottles sold at auction; eight out of ten of these sales were decanters from The Macallan in Lalique Collection. In 2015, The Macallan was the No.1 most valuable whisky brand at auctions, accounting for over 25% of the total value traded (Rare Whisky 101). This is testament to the fact that collectors trust, respect and value The Macallan.
The ‘Peerless Spirit’ decanter is valued at S$47,000 + 7% GST and is available from July 2016.
The Macallan 65 Years Old in Lalique – Tasting Notes
Colour: Dark Walnut
Aroma: Supremely balanced with comforting notes of honey-dipped Madagascan
vanilla pods, cinnamon and Moroccan dates.
Taste: Medium body with hints of cracked black pepper, cloves and delicately toasted cocoa beans.
Finish: The finish is very long and deeply satisfying with a rich flavour of honey
and dark chocolate.
About The Macallan
Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s finest single malt whiskies. The story of The Macallan is built on the Six Pillars, each influencing the whisky in its own distinct way. From the spiritual home of Easter Elchies House; curiously small stills giving richness and fruit to the pure spirit; finest cut or the best of the best of the distillation to exceptional oak casks which account for over 80% of the final whisky; natural colour and peerless spirit, The Macallan itself.
Wood sits at the heart of The Macallan. The vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland, together with true mastery, set it apart from the rest. For more information on The Macallan, visit www.themacallan.com
Founded in 1888, Lalique is one of the crown jewels of France’s crystal industry. René Lalique, renowned as the inventor of modern jewellery, then became Master in the art of glassmaking. Over time, his name has become the powerful symbol of a unique expertise, a synonym for luxury, excellence, creativity and an immediately recognizable style. Today, Lalique has reinvented the creative, eclectic world of its founder with its contemporary work in five areas: decorative items, interior design, jewellery, perfumes, and art. The crystal pieces are produced in Alsace France at the unique Lalique factory, opened in 1921. Lalique continues to thrive as a truly timeless lifestyle brand.
Edrington owns some of the leading premium spirits brands in the world, including The Macallan, Brugal, The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark and Highland Park. In addition to its core brands, Edrington acquired Snow Leopard vodka in 2013. In the past 18 months, Edrington has significantly expanded its international distribution network across the world’s most dynamic markets for premium spirits, launching wholly-owned companies Edrington Americas in New York and Edrington Asia Pacific in Singapore, Edrington Global Travel Retail and also new joint ventures: Edrington-Fix Middle East and Edrington Webb Travel Retail Americas, which represents the company in USA, Canada, Caribbean, Central & South America.
Edrington is headquartered in Scotland and employs more than 2,200 people worldwide, with over 60% employed overseas. Edrington is owned by a charitable trust, The Robertson Trust, which donated £16.6 million to a variety of charitable causes last year.