The Macallan has unveiled Edition No.6, a new limited-edition single malt whisky that celebrates the River Spey.
Each of the Edition releases is meant to highlight a different portion of The Macallan experience. Marking the sixth and final release in The Macallan Edition Series, Edition No.6 brings together The Macallan’s Ghillie, Robert Mitchell, who is the guardian of The Macallan’s stretch of the River Spey; Hardy, a fly fishing brand; and The Atlantic Salmon Trust, which has over 50 years’ experience in salmon conservation.
The Macallan Estate lies on the banks of the River Spey, a Scottish river that is home to Atlantic salmon. The Macallan Whisky Maker Steven Bremner found inspiration for Edition No.6 by choosing five cask styles that embody stories related to the river and its natural landscape.
Crafted from a combination of American and European oak sherry-seasoned casks, Edition No.6 captures the River Spey’s energy, the company says, plus the “warm, welcoming personality of The Macallan’s Ghillie; the classic craftsmanship of Hardy; the extraordinary life of the Atlantic salmon on the beat; and the mastery of whisky making on The Macallan Estate, which has taken place since 1824.”
The result is a whisky with aromas of fresh fruits, nutmeg and toffee merged with oak and flavors of ripe plum, vibrant sweet oranges and cinnamon, the company reports, before developing into spicy fresh fruits, creamy chocolate and toasted oats at the finish.
“From its early days of whisky making almost 200 years ago, The Macallan has been strongly inspired by and intrinsically connected to nature. Edition No.6 is inspired by the natural world surrounding our Distillery, in particular the vibrant and energetic River Spey”, says Bremner. “This complex single malt provides the perfect conclusion to the Edition Series as there is so much to discover in this whisky. The natural color of antique brass derived from The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks indicates the richness of flavor that awaits and there is a structure and depth that is uncovered more and more over time.”
The Macallan has launched a new charitable partnership with The Atlantic Salmon Trust to help conserve the at-risk fish, whose numbers have declined in recent years. The Atlantic Salmon Trust is protecting wild salmon and sea trout wherever they roam, especially in places like the River Spey, by tracking their migration across thousands of km from their dominion to the open oceans.
“There has been a relentless and long-term decline in wild Atlantic salmon returning to rivers from right across the Atlantic,” says Mark Bilsby, CEO at The Atlantic Salmon Trust. “This sends a clear message that all is not well with the health of our rivers and oceans and collectively, we need to do all that we can to protect and nurture this iconic species for future generations. The Macallan is committed to safeguarding the wild salmon swimming through its Estate along the River Spey and with their support, we will be able to strengthen and expand vital projects that aim to bring more salmon back to our waters and give Atlantic salmon the future they deserve.”
The Macallan Edition No.6 is 48.6% ABV, and available globally for a suggested retail price of $150 per 750-ml. bottle.