The Macallan Edition No. 6 Celebrates the River That Gives It Life
We were recently welcomed to a virtual event with the calming sound of the pure waters of the River Spey in Scotland. Paired with visuals of the vibrant river, rolling hills, and fields of gold, we were instantly transported to the The Macallan Estate, a whisky distillery built by Alexander Reid in 1824 on a plateau on the banks of the Spey.
It is the majestic river, home to the famed Atlantic salmon, that inspired The Macallan’s Edition No. 6, a single malt whisky, the sixth and final release in the whisky’s series. We were at the event for its launch, and to listen to the story of the whisky making, agriculture and nature.
Whisky maker Steven Bremner was inspired by The Macallan’s Ghillie, Robert Mitchell; Hardy, a famous fly-fishing brand; and The Atlantic Salmon Trust, which has been working on conserving salmon for the last five decades.
Bremner chose American and European oak seasoned casks for Edition No. 6, which he believes captures the energy of the Spey, its water source, the warmth of Mitchell’s welcome, the craftsmanship of Hardy, and the beautiful sparkling salmon darting through the waters.
The result is a complex brass-hued whisky with delightful scents of fresh fruit, nutmeg and toffee mingling with oak, plum, sweet oranges and cinnamon. It finishes with spicy fruit, chocolate, and toasted oats.
“This complex single malt provides the perfect conclusion to the Edition Series as there is so much to discover in this whisky,” says Bremner, the whisky maker. Its color reflects the richness of flavor that awaits and there is a structure and depth that is uncovered more and more over time.”
To protect the magic of the River Spey, The Macallan has launched a new charitable partnership with The Atlantic Salmon Trust to help to conserve the at-risk fish, whose numbers have declined rapidly in recent years. The Trust protects wild salmon and trout by tracking their migration across thousands of kilometers from their birthplace to the open seas.