It was the most valuable whisky at auction in 2015, accounting for over 25 per cent of all malts traded (according to brokerage firm Rare Whisky 101), and The Macallan looks set to create a similar frenzy among collectors when it launches the sixth and final whisky in its ultra-rare Six Pillars Collection on July 1.
Housed in just 450 handcrafted Lalique decanters (£23,000), the 65-year-old “Peerless Spirit” is one of the oldest and rarest whiskies ever released by the distillery. Rich and aromatic, with notes of dates, pepper and dark chocolate, this dark walnut-coloured distillation has been chosen as a crowning example of the sherry-cask style that’s made The Macallan famous, a style that the Six Pillars Collection first set out to explore in 2005.
The Peerless Spirit Lalique decanter (pictured) incorporates a “whisky drop” motif into a curvaceous design heavily influenced by the blown and pinched techniques that René used for many of his famed perfume bottles. This final decanter in the series, as well as the other five, are all inspired by a design or a specific technique from Lalique’s heritage.