The Macallan has announced its oldest official bottling. The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique priced at US$60,000. Inspired by the new Distillery and Visitor Experience, this very special edition pays tribute to a new dawn for The Macallan.

Described as ‘a celebration of the collaboration of masters from across the fields of whisky, crystal, architecture, construction and craftsmanship’, Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique – The Genesis Decanter, bottled at 42% abv, is limited to only 600 individually numbered decanters worldwide. This exceptionally rare whisky is presented in a unique and bespoke crystal decanter and presentation case that are inspired by the outstanding architectural complexity of the new Distillery and Visitor Experience, designed by internationally acclaimed architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Priced at US$60,000 per decanter, that gives the entire release a combined value of US$36m. Available from August 2018, the whiskies will be sold at ‘select locations’ in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as in airport retail stores and at Macallan’s new $250 million distillery, which was officially opened last week.

Distilled in the 1940s, this rare whisky has been maturing during the post Second World War period. On the nose, the golden amber colored whisky starts with a delicate peat that leads to a soft, aged oak smoke. It follows by refreshing citrus lemons and green apples, with a background of vanilla pods and raisins, with the smallest hint of ginger. On the palate, delicate peat smoke combines with a soft vanilla, and a surprising sweet oak smoke. A gentle wood spice combines with a delicate peat smoke, which gradually fades to leave a viscous mouth coating of citrus fruits and subtle green apples.

For more information, visit Macallan’s official website. Earlier this month, two bottles of Macallan sold for $2.11 million USD at auction, with one of them becoming the most expensive bottle ever sold.