Pearl and I headed over to Ruyi & Lyn in Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur on 18 January 2016 for the launch of its newest addition to The Macallan family – The Macallan Rare Cask. The launch which was hosted by Nadia Heng, and facilitated by Edrington’s Brand Trainer, Keith Nair, was held over two (2) nights and showcased the process, heritage as well as craftsmanship of the whisky.
The Macallan Rare Cask is positioned as a modern, rare and luxurious whisky, crafted to showcase complexity and depth. Rare Cask was handpicked by The Macallan whisky maker where it is drawn from the broadest spectrum of casks, 16 different types, ever identified by the Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno. Far less than 1% of those casks maturing at the distillery have been identified as fitting to bestow the Rare Cask name.
The Macallan Rare Cask is a whisky crafted from casks so rare they will never again be used in any Macallan whisky. Also influencing the taste of the whisky is the combination of Spanish and American sherry seasoned oak casks, a high proportion of them first fill, that gives the whisky a splendidly rich hue, and an unmistakably woody whisky.
On the nose you’ll get soft notes of opulent vanilla and raisin on the nose, give way to apple, lemon, and orange. Balanced by a spicy quartet of root ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Oak resonates, timeless, polished and rich. Vanilla and chocolate lead the finale along with a light citrus zest. The finish is full, warming and woody.
We were guided through an exhibition adventure called The Macallan Rare Cask Experience Gallery. The gallery gave us a chance to experience the meticulousness and exquisite craft that has gone into the whisky’s creation. Also on display were the processes of making whisky right from the planting of acorns to the handcrafting of each oak cask.
The Macallan collaborated with Watatime Group, and Valiram Group, to showcase brand rarities during the two days event launch. Monday’s event (which I attended) featured arrays of Sarcar’s timepieces from the La Carrousel Marquetry line to the Ladybird, Solitaire and Octavia’s collections. Tuesday’s event showcased luxury mobile phone maker, Vertu as well as timepieces from Cartier, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Zenith and Mont Blanc.
In attendance were captains of various industries such as premium and exclusive lifestyle brands and companies such as BMW and Valiram Group. Celebrities such as Tony Eusoff, Wilson Tan, Josiah Mizukami, Sarah Lian, DJ Nasty, and musical genius, Yuri Wong also turned up for this exclusive two-nights only events.
After the welcome cocktail, we were ushered to the main dining area for a four-course whisky pairing dinner that was prepared by the team at Ruyi & Lyn, while being treated to Jazz Quartet performances. Edrington’s Brand Trainer, Keith Nair, took the stage before each course to share some of his vast knowledge regarding the brand, the whiskies and the corresponding food pairing between the cuisine and The Macallan whiskies.
The Macallan Rare Cask is currently available at selected outlets such as The Penthouse, Hyde at 53M, Monarchy 61, H20, Merchant Pub, Club De-Royale, Ojos Bar, Zouk, Avalon & Meja and Brussels Beer Café at a price of RM2,000 as well as hypermarkets at a retail price of RM1,600.
More info at http://www.themacallan.com/