Distilled 14th January 1949 in Spanish oak sherry casks and released into this elegant handmade Caithness decanter in August 1999 as a 50 year old to celebrate the new millennium.
The decanter is housed in an oak presentation box with lock and key. It also features a copper ingot cast from No. 9 spirit still from the Macallan distillery. More importantly this increasingly scarce 50 year old malt is rated highly by Jim Murray, author of the whisky bible, and Michael Jackson, the late whisky connoisseur/author.
The Millennium Decanter:
The renown of Caithness Glass, one of the leading producers of the highest quality, hand made glassware, has spread throughout the world. Using sand from Loch Aline in Argyllshire and drawing on the skills of the local people employed in their Wick factory in the north of Scotland, Caithness Glass is recognized for its remarkable artistry. The exceptional quality of Caithness Glass makes the perfect partner for the Macallan 50 Year Old. Lead free crystal has been crafted into the striking Macallan Millennium Decanter, which bears those clean lines so typical of Caithness Glass design.
A team of two glassmakers ensures absolute consistency of quality. Between them they must judge by hand the exact weight of glass with which to produce each decanter to the correct volume. Gary McKay makes the “ball”, the first two “gathers” of molten glass, blown into a compact ball shape on the blowing iron; Graeme Crowe then adds the top “gather” of glass and completes the highly skilled task of blowing each decanter into its final shape. Cutting, finishing, grinding, polishing and engraving complete the demanding production process.
Each decanter is finished with copper detail on the neck and stopper, before being filled with the sublime Macallan spirit. The presentation box is fashioned from oak and features a copper ingot, cast from copper reclaimed from No. 9 spirit still at Macallan Distillery. Naturally, the copper will tarnish over time, but regular polishing will keep these elements in pristine condition.