The newest addition to the Macallan-range includes an enviromental twist. For every bottle purchased an oak tree will be plantet on the Macallan Estate in Speyside.
The Macallan Estate Oak is released exclusively for World Duty Free (WDF) – the duty free operator for the Italian-owned airport company, BAA. It retails for £34.99 (~€45). WDF has shops at Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Southampton airports.
“We anticipate it will be a huge success with people wanting to make a difference to the environment,” said William Ovens, The Edrington Group’s global travel retail area director.
The whisky has been matured in both European (ex-oloroso sherry) and American (ex-bourbon) oak. The bottling is without an age statement and comes without a box, to reduce the amount of waste. The labels are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and are sourced from responsibly managed resources.
Tastingnote: Pale straw in colour, there are hints of coconut and vanilla on the nose, culminating in a soft, smooth finish with a lingering gentle touch of dried fruit.
But this is not the first time Macallan Distillery sells a bottle with a tree-planting add-on. Just under three years ago the distillery launched a bottling called The Macallan Woodland Estate. That bottling was a 12 year old only sold through the distillery webshop and visitor centre – and came with exclusive box. The price for this bottling was £95 (~€120).