There is nothing quite like visiting a distillery in Scotland.. and when that Distillery happens to be The Macallan…. well, you know something special is going to happen !
Meera and I had the enviable pleasure of being hosted at Easter Elchies House on The Macallan Estate while being invited to take delivery of the magnificent Lalique 72 Genesis Decanter.
Our visit started at the House where we had a lovely Lunch which was followed by an in-depth tour of the space age distillery. Our first tasting session followed right after with none other than Steven Bremner, Malt Master, with the unbelievable Macallan 50 and 52 .. there was also Project X which was skillfully “cut” to 40% AVB at the table ( but we can’t really talk about the liquid as it is slated for release next year ).
With our hearts warmed by these Liquids from the Gods, we plundered the whisky shop and finally got our hands on the ( paper receipt of ) the 72 – the bottle would be packed and delivered to our room the next morning.
Returning to the Fine Oak room at the House, we rested till early evening and were later driven in the soft colours of sunset to the old distillery and into the En Primeur Warehouse where, seated on a cask, was The Macallan 72 poured out in all its luxurious glory .. the chilly weather had cloaked the glasses with a frosty tint.
Needless to say, we were smiling from ear to ear. And yes, it was a spectacular Dram !
Our welcome into the main Distillery was in line with every experience so far and the Jewel Box was dancing to celebrate all the hallowed bottles on its shelves while the entire chamber was resounding with the hypnotic sounds of the Violinist who serenaded us until she ultimately escorted us to our table overlooking the burnished Stills.
An elegant dinner paired with luscious white and red wines primed us for post dinner drams that included the ESC No.9, Easter Elchies Black and returning to the House, the fairytale day was capped off with The Macallan M and the 1965 Fine and Rare…..
With dawn came the unique opportunity to walk around the Estate in complete silence and watch the sun rise over Easter Elchies House… a truly sublime experience.
We were treated to breakfast at the Ghillie’s residence and then a drive down to the River. She was full and fast – one could easily spend hours lost gazing out at this remarkable vista but alas, we had to head to the airport …
While these would be the highlights, the true joy that these recollections bring is only due to our gracious hosts: Geoff Kirk, Morag, Margaret, Steven and Lara as well as all the staff of the Distillery and Kitchen services.
Our gratitude to all … this was truly the experience of a lifetime… well, until the next visit 🙂
( *the inscription is just photoshopped in for fun and is NOT on the actual box )