Blog: Celebrate The Macallan
World renowned single malt scotch purveyor Macallan brought their signature product to Manhattan for a week of “Celebrate The Macallan” tasting events. “Brand Ambassador” Jay Liddell led a group of scotch whiskey lovers, through a tasting tour of Macallan’s core range of fine spirits. As an avid scotch drinker myself, it was both incredibly fun and highly informative. Here are some of the highlights of this scotch tasting, that is simply a must attend event, the next time it comes through town.
Once entered into the large space at Milk Studios, friendly servers handed each attendee a tumbler of Macallan Fine Oak 10 year. Their hospitality right from the get-go would be a precursor for the remainder of the evening. Guests were then brought to a table, where servers circulated with some delicious hors d’oeuvres- fresh mozzarella and cured pork belly. They also replenished drinks quickly which was greatly appreciated. The 10 year old scotch is the perfect way to start a tasting, with its smokey notes and bold flavor. I typically drink it after a large steak dinner.
Before the main event began, we took some time to converse with the other gentleman sitting around us about- you guessed it, scotch. Throughout our conversation we discussed their love of the combination of aromatic flavors and smoothness of Macallan’s scotch whiskey. While we agreed on the taste, we differed by preference. Personally, I like my scotch neat, as it is the very best way to take in both the scents and flavors. Another gentleman who has been a long time scotch drinker preferred his on the rocks since some water helps to open up the scotch. But in the end we all agreed that a love, and respect for fine scotch is what really matters.
The time for tasting was here. And believe me when I say this- it was not your typical stand at the counter and try a few glasses job. This would be a full on lesson in all things Macallan. Luckily, the aforementioned Mr. Liddell, would be a perfect instructor for this makeshift class. The self-described “Professional Whiskey Drinker” has traveled the world, informing the masses about this fine crafted beverage. The full list of tastings for the night consisted of the: Fine Oak 10, 15, 17 and Sherry Oak 12, 18 years respectively. Our table was quite vocal throughout every glass sampled. The 15 year stood out to the group in both scent and overall taste. There was a large bouquet of spices present, with notes of vanilla and a pungent citrus as the most dominant.
Between samples, Mr. Liddell provided the group with some fascinating facts about Macallan’s emergence over the years. We were surprised to learn that in 2010, a bottle of The Macallan 64-year-old single malt whisky in a one-of-a-kind “Lalique: Cire Perdue” crystal decanter was sold for a whopping $460,000 at an auction at Sotheby’s in New York City. Even more startling was the philanthropy- all proceeds from the sale were donated to “charity: water“, an organization that helps provide access to clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
Once the event concluded, we had the opportunity to briefly chat with Mr. Liddell. Many, if not all of the attendees of the event were avid scotch drinkers and therefore it seemed like a no-brainer to ask for advice for first-time scotch drinkers. Said Lidell, “If you are new to the world of scotch, pick up a bottle of Macallan 15 year single malt scotch, and five close friends. The group should talk about how each glass tastes and smells, until the bottle is finished. It will be both a great evening, and perfect introduction to our fine scotch.”
The M Booth Company, Mr. Jay Lidell, and the entire Macallan family put on a wonderfully informative and fun event, that is sure to make us look at scotch in a brand new light with each pour of the glass.
- Alan Smithee