The Macallan has revealed the fifth, and final, release from the exquisite Golden Age of Travel series, bringing the brand’s exploration of this fascinating period of history to a close. The collaboration with master French crystal maker Lalique, adds air travel to the final edition of the series, transporting consumers back to an elegant period in time where the world opened up to new adventures.
CULMINATION OF AN ERA OF DECADENCE: THE MACALLAN COMPLETES THE 1930’S-INSPIRED GOLDEN AGE OF TRAVEL SERIES IN COLLABORATION WITH LALIQUE
48 individually numbered decanters will be available exclusively in Global Travel Retail and at The Macallan Boutiques from December 2019, with two further decanters to be kept for The Macallan and Lalique archives. The RRSP of the decanter will be US$50,000.
The unique, limited-edition decanter is part of the collectable range that re-lives the glamour of the 1930’s and celebrates the first era of international travel by road, rail, sea, and air. Contained within this exquisite vessel is The Macallan 1940 (35 Years Old) that distils the essence of bygone eras, a time of great change and the seemingly endless opportunities through international travel.
The 1930’s was a time of luxury and elegance, and during this period casks were carefully laid down at The Macallan Distillery to rest in warehouses, embarking on their own extraordinary voyage.
Polly Logan, Whisky Maker, The Macallan, said: “The Macallan 1940 is an exceptional liquid that is testament to The Golden Age of Travel, and the period of glamour and style it represents.
“The first reveal of the character of the whisky comes through the antique oak colour, and on the nose an atmospheric smoked oak with a richness of orange oil and dried fruits, exquisitely balanced with a beautifully light floral note of spring blossoms. Beyond this initial delight, smoked oak features on the palate with elements of opulent dark chocolate and orange, with just a hint of sweet ginger.
“The finish is long and lingering, like the memories of the passengers that travelled during this era, reliving the experience in all its glory.”
The liquid is beautifully showcased in a handcrafted Lalique crystal decanter and features an illustration of one of the most innovative developments of the era in the first civil air transportation machine. This era allowed the discovery of new and exotic places made possible through luxury travel.
Lalique’s Chairman and CEO, Silvio Denz, said: “The glamorous Golden Age of Travel is one which is synonymous with Lalique and its founding father, René Lalique, who created some of his finest works that now define the era including glass lighting decoration for the Normandie ocean liner’s dining room and the beautiful glass panels in the ‘wagon présidentiel’ on the Orient Express train in the 1930’s.
“The decanter is styled as an exquisite interpretation of a travelling flask, featuring – on the stopper – the ‘Wind Rose’, which was included on maps in the 1930’s and is reminiscent of the endless travels. We are honoured to have worked with The Macallan on this series, creating unique work of the finest quality and technical complexity. The last in the series, this is a true tribute and an invitation to A Golden Age of Travel.”
Each limited-edition decanter in the Golden Age of Travel series is encased within a beautiful premium leather presentation box created by leather masters Piñavall in Ubrique, Spain. Piñavall is renowned for its work with some of the world’s leading fashion brands. In keeping with the Golden Age of Travel idea, the box consciously evokes design elements of classic 1930’s travel trunks.
The series was first launched in 2015 with the release of the Lalique cruise liner expression, followed by the aeroplane edition, the steam train and in 2018 the motor car edition.
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