The Macklowe American single malt launches this month in New York, from Julie Macklowe, a serial entrepreneur with a lifelong love of single malt whiskey.
The first release from her private reserves consists of 237 pre-allocated 700-ml. bottles, ABV 46% with a suggested retail of $1,500 each.
The Private Reserve Cask of Distinction was distilled in 2014. This Cask #61 was specifically chosen by master blender Ian MacMillan of Scotland.
Macklowe worked with MacMillan on this new release. McMillan’s career spans close to 50 years. He was the master blender for Burn Stewart and most recently brought the Bladnoch Distillery in the Lowlands back to life. This marks the first release in the series The Macklowe Casks of Distinction.
The Macklowe is bottled in a hand-painted design reminiscent of a flask. The packaging is inspired from a flask Julie carries that is filled with her favorite whiskeys. “My flask is a reminder that you should drink what you like, not what you are told to like. Whiskey is personal,” she says.
“My whiskey obsession began when I traveled the world for work,” she adds. “It was then that I started collecting whiskey. I searched out bottle shops and duty-free shops all over the world and stuffed my suitcases for the trip home. Today, my collection includes a bit of everything but primarily Scotch single malt. I am driven by my palate, not the price and I love the entire range of flavors.”
The Macklowe American Single Malt spent more than seven years in toasted and charred new American white oak. Both a column still and copper doublers were used in Macklowe production when distilled and aged in Kentucky.
On the nose is sweet oak, vanilla and Seville orange peel, the company says, plus honey, marzipan and caramel overtones. The palate brings sweet spice, gingerbread, creamy maltiness, hints of maple syrup and citrus.
“Every bottle of The Macklowe is 100% American with grains grown here and distilled in America,” says Macklowe. “This is the first release of a series of limited releases that our loyal clients will be eligible to purchase as they come to market.”
Each bottle is hand signed, and numbered.
The Macklowe is available at retailers including Sotheby’s, Park Avenue liquors, Sherry-Lehmann, Morrell’s, K&D Wines, Convive and Acker wines. In addition, the Macklowe will be on the menu at New York City restaurants like Eleven Madison Park, all Jean George restaurants, Daniel, Pavillion, The Grille, Polo bar, Le Biblioquet, La Goulue, Casa Lever, Sistina, Kappo Masa, Lola Taverna, Casa Cipriani’s and the Carlyle hotel among other venues.