The Macallan Rare Cask whiskey

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Whiskey is not my poison, but after discovering one of the finest of premium liquors during a special visit to Singapore, I am now a fan.

Gosh, who knew that The Macallan Rare Cask could be so tempting? Praised as one of the world’s most luxurious whiskey brands, The Macallan introduced its Rare Cask to members of Asian media. The event was held at The White House along Scotts Road, a prestigious setting for a whiskey of this caliber.

Master whiskey maker Bob Dalgarno treated our group to “The Rare Cask Experience,” a multisensorial adventure designed to fully appreciate the meticulous and exquisite craft behind the creation of the Rare Cask. The exhibition showcased the whiskey’s incredible journey, from the planting of every acorn right up to the handcrafting of the exquisite casks.

We also met Stuart MacPherson, The Macallan’s Master of Wood. He told us that “wood sits at the very heart of what we do at The Macallan, and Rare Cask embodies our unquestionable commitment to exceptional wood management, demonstrating the vital role of our casks in the production of superb whiskies.”

Okay, so it’s a real job.

Since its founding in 1824, The Macallan has been making whisky in the same location, and has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies. To create Rare Cask, specially handpicked Spanish and American oak, sherry-seasoned casks were selected to age the liquor. Less than one percent of casks maturing at the distillery are deemed fit to bestow the Rare Cask label.

The result is a whiskey with a rich, ruby-red, natural color, with a taste that is equally imbued with history and flavor. Such a liquid is befittingly showcased in a stunning sculpted, heavy glass decanter created for Rare Cask alone.

David Cox, The Macallan’s director of Fine and Rare Whiskies, also met us for lunch at Justin Quek’s Sky on 57 at the Marina Bay Sands. The effusive Scot gushed about the Rare Cask’s “soft notes of vanilla and raisin that pique the nose, giving way to a sweet ensemble of apple, lemon and orange, all balanced by a spicy quartet of root ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, as oak resonates with vanilla and chocolate to lead the finale along with a light citrus zest.”

Gosh, who knew that a whiskey could have so many flavors?

Check out where to get your Rare Cask at www.themacallan.com.

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