The Macallan is set to expand its core range in international markets with the launch of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old.
At the same time as announcing its full-year financial results for 2015/16, brand owner Edrington revealed that the new variant, currently only available in Taiwan, will launch in the UK and other international markets by the end of 2016.
The expression is described as a “new take on the signature Sherry oak style of The Macallan”, combining European and American oak.
Ian Curle, chief executive of Edrington, said the whisky will “be a fundamental component of our core range going forward”.
Edrington also confirmed that the opening of The Macallan’s new £100 million distillery Speyside has been pushed back from spring 2017 to spring 2018.
“With construction underway the building is starting to take shape and is on course to deliver a brand experience that will enhance and support The Macallan’s luxury positioning,” added Curle.
Construction on the distillery commenced in 2014 in order to “significantly increase” capacity for The Macallan. The brand’s existing site will be mothballed.
See more on The Macallan Taiwanese website: http://tw.themacallan.com/TheWhisky/Details?productId=12YearOldDoubleCask&category=DoubleCask&subcategory=DoubleCask