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The Macallan have chosen to highlight the life and times of Alexander in the second edition of The Tales of Macallan collection, which tells the story of those which have contributed to their rich legacy. Alexander, fascinated with the alchemy of distillation that transformed barley into whisky, established the Distillery on Easter Elchies Estate, Speyside, Scotland, in 1824.

A driven individual with a keen sense of curiosity and thirst for knowledge, he strived for perfection by establishing core production principles. Holding firm that small stills produce better flavour and character, he resisted the adoption of large, higher volume stills, instead preferring the value of patience to deliver the uncompromised excellence for which The Macallan continues to be renowned.

The curiously small stills favoured by Alexander Reid continue to be a fundamental guiding principle for The Macallan, featuring in its Distillery and remaining one of the brand’s Six Pillars, the foundation stones for The Macallan’s character.

The exquisite expression was distilled in 1949 to Alexander's masterful standards, bottled in 2022 at the apex of its maturation and then released in 2024 to celebrate the bicentenary and Alexander's remarkable legacy. There are just 344 of these exceptionally rare 73-year-old whiskies; each encased in a bespoke, handcrafted decanter made by master French crystal maker, Lalique.

The liquid is further concealed within an 800-page tome with chapters adorned with gorgeous illustrations by renowned British artist, Andrew Davidson. Known for his traditional print techniques using wood engravings, Andrew’s work has included postage stamps for the UK’s Royal Mail and designs for the glass doors at Wimbledon’s Centre Court.

Traditional London-based bookbinders, Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Zaehnsdorf, created the unique, hand-crafted Tales of The Macallan Volume II book which demanded extraordinary technical expertise to conceal the decanter within its 800 pages. Artisan printer, Imprimerie du Marais in Paris, which creates luxury pieces using specially developed paper, ink and printing processes, expertly printed each individual page.

“Displaying beautiful tones of bronzed oak, and subtle red hues that reflect the original meaning of Alexander Reid’s surname in Scots – The Red One – this rare and unique single malt whisky possesses an incredible complexity achieved through age and patient maturation. Enjoying a lingering smokiness redolent of whiskies of Alexander’s time, it is a fitting tribute to his living legacy as we celebrate our 200th anniversary year.”

Euan Kennedy, Lead Whisky Maker for The Macallan

The liquid itself brings aromas of rich forest fruits, aromatic woodsmoke, antique oak and mixed spice which fill the nose, alongside vanilla bean and a subtle herbal notes. Black cherries, plum jam, dark chocolate orange and ginger sponge flavours on the palate, with hints of cloves, woodsmoke and loose tea leaves leading into a long, sweet and smoky finish.

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