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Duncan Taylor Releases An Exceptionally Rare 52-Year-Old Macallan

Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky, one of Scotland’s legendary independent bottlers, has announced the release of an exceptionally rare 52 YO Macallan single malt Scotch whisky. The release is part of Duncan Taylor’s “Rarest of the Rare” portfolio.

Described by the company as “a beautifully-aged whisky … an exercise in craftsmanship and patience.” The whisky spent more than five decades under the careful curation of Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky before being bottled at its peak maturation.

This exquisite 52-Year-Old Macallan Single Malt began its remarkable journey in 1969 when the liquid was originally distilled at the Macallan distillery and casked in ex-bourbon barrels supplied by Duncan Taylor. The liquid aged in traditional ex-bourbon barrels for decades until it was transferred into first-fill ex-Oloroso Sherry casks.

This double maturation created a remarkable 41.46% ABV or 82.92-proof whisky. According to the company, the whisky exhibits “notes of rich dark chocolate with hints of cinnamon and spices, honeyed and creamy vanilla.”

The finish, according to Duncan Taylor, “is creamy, luscious, and sweet,” with more tropical fruit notes than traditional aged Sherry casks commonly used by the distillery.

Like all single malt Scotch whiskies, the spirit is made from 100% malted barley. It’s bottled at natural cask strength without chill filtration or artificial coloring. This rare whisky is a single-cask expression.

The breathtaking bottle draws inspiration from Scotland’s tumultuous history, particularly the historical battlefields around the company’s Huntly headquarters.

The handmade crystal decanter is designed around the shape of a ‘dirk,’ a Scottish dagger of olden times. The decanter rests majestically in a custom, European oak cabinet with herringbone detailing – handcrafted in Scotland by skilled cabinet makers to reflect the old-style weapons cabinets.

According to Duncan Thomas’ Chairman, Euan Sand:

It’s an incredible privilege to be the custodian of these stunning rare Macallan casks. This is the start of an exciting chapter at Duncan Taylor as we plan to release more Macallan over time and a selection of other rare malts from the 1960s.

Below are tasting notes on the 52 YO Macallan from a small sample generously supplied by Duncan Taylor.

Duncan Taylor, The Rarest Collection, Macallan, 52 YO, 41.46% ABV, 750ml. SRP $90,000

The color is dark gold. On the nose, the Sherry influence is unmistakable but more subtle than what you typically find in a Sherry-matured Macallan. The whisky exhibits a dried fruit sweetness, with notes of golden raisin, dried fig, date, and prune. There is a very subtle note of well-seasoned oak, which is well integrated into the whisky.

The whisky is dry on the palate, with a noticeable woody note with a slightly bitter character. The dried fruit notes carry over from the nose but are more subtle. There are hints of tropical fruit, a touch of smoke, and a slightly earthy quality. Macallan was slightly peated in the 1960s, an evident character on both the nose and the palate.

The finish is long and dry, with lingering notes of dried fruit and hints of earthiness, smoke, and well-seasoned oak.

This is the oldest whisky from the Macallan Distillery that Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Ltd has released. With one of the world’s most significant, privately held collections of rare whiskies to work with, Duncan Taylor is carving out a path to bring highly coveted whiskies to market.

Earlier this year, Duncan Taylor dazzled the global whisky community by releasing the highly-coveted Kinclaith 51 YO and Caperdonich 50 YO – both long-shuttered Scottish distilleries.

With an SRP of $90,000/£75,000, the Macallan 52-Year-Old will be available for purchase in the US by application. Contact info@shandimportllc.com to register your interest in purchasing the whisky.

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