Edrington has mixed the worlds of whisky and chocolate to create a Macallan single malt as a part of the brand new Concord Assortment.
The Macallan Concord Assortment Wealthy Cacao is the primary whisky in a brand new ‘modern’ collection of single malts.
Impressed by the model’s hyperlink to nature for practically two centuries, the Concord Assortment explores the world of sustainable packaging. The model will mix modern methods with pure supplies which might be on the finish of their lifespan.
To create the brand new bottling, The Macallan whisky maker Polly Logan visited Girona, Spain, to find the chocolate-making course of and its flavour profiles.
Logan mentioned: “As I immersed myself on this world, I uncovered a terrific synergy between the whisky-making course of and that of chocolate. Each take time and distinctive consideration to element, with even the slightest adjustments to the method encouraging totally different aromas and flavours to emerge.”
Logan teamed up with pastry chef Jordi Roca from three Michelin-starred restaurant El Celler de Can Roca on the brand new whisky.
Logan continued: “Working in collaboration with Jordi Roca, acknowledged as the most effective and most inventive pastry cooks on the planet, and with distinctive chocolatier, Damian Allsop, I went on a journey of discovery, studying of the craftsmanship, ardour and creativity which fits into making chocolate.”
Logan searched Sherry-seasoned oak casks maturing at The Macallan Property to determine ‘uncommon, indulgent chocolate notes’.
Roca mentioned: “Our collaboration with The Macallan permits us to problem our personal creativity, and on this undertaking, we’ve got been allowed to play with cacao, which is one in every of my passions. With the ability to encourage a whisky and to create a novel tasting expertise has been fantastic.”
The whisky is produced from a mixture of European and American oak casks, and is alleged to pair completely with wealthy chocolate.
The ensuing liquid presents an aroma of chocolate fondant, honey, oak, zesty lime and ginger, whereas the palate brings hints of darkish chocolate, honey, dates, vanilla and cinnamon.
The Macallan Concord Assortment Wealthy Cacao is available in a totally recyclable and biodegradable presentation field, made utilizing pure by-products within the chocolate-making course of. The field is crafted with discarded husks from cacao pods.
“For this expression, I sought out a particular chocolate word in The Macallan’s conventional Sherry-seasoned European oak casks and mixed this with a vanilla word imparted by Sherry-seasoned American oak casks to sweeten the marginally bitter chocolate word I had discovered,” defined Logan. “This beautiful single malt presents a pleasant whisky and chocolate pairing expertise and the possibility to raise The Macallan expertise to a brand new dimension.”
The Macallan Concord Assortment Wealthy Cacao (44% ABV) can be accessible globally from October 2021 for US$160.
The Macallan has additionally collaborated with chocolate model Compartés Chocolate to create a whisky and chocolate pairing tasting set.
The pairing tasting set features a bottle of The Macallan Concord Assortment Wealthy Cacao, a 10-piece field of custom-made chocolate, a pairing information and two Macallan Glencairn glasses.
To pre-order the tasting package, which is restricted to 200 units, go to Reserve Bar on 8 November 2021.
Final month, The Macallan added a 30-year-old whisky to its Double Cask vary.