Edrington Global Travel Retail has announced the launch of a peated Macallan expression, The Macallan Rare Cask Black. This rare rare release will only be available in travel retail markets.

Crafted from less than 100 predominantly first fill, Sherry seasoned European and American oak casks, the “remarkably rare” release is part of the 1824 Masters Series.

While the expression carries no age statement, The Macallan peated its malt for a short window after World War Two due to the high cost of coal – a clean fuel. It is likely at least some of the peated liquid in the expression dates back to this time.

Given tasting notes include dried fruits, nutmeg, ginger, polished oak, dates, figs, raisins, and a dry smokiness which “reveals itself yielding to softer oak tones”. The finish is “long, fruity with an elegant wood smoke”.

The Macallan Rare Cask Black is bottled at 48% abv with an RRP of US$450. There will be no further production beyond the initial release, which is available from “selected airports”.

Edrington GTR has also announced the launch of two “exciting, very limited editions” set for early 2016. Macallan Golden Age of Travel has an RSP of USD40,000, while Highland Park King Christian I has an RSP of GBP3,750.

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