Famed distillery The Macallan and legendary crystal artisan Lalique have produced a one-of-a-kind decanter, created by the ancient ‘cire perdue’ or ‘lost wax’ method, holding the oldest and rarest Macallan ever bottled. Christened, The Macallan in Lalique Cire Perdue decanter contains a 64 years old Macallan single malt whiskey, the oldest and rarest Macallan ever bottled by the famed distillery.
The Macallan in Lalique Cire Perdue decanter, created to celebrate the 150th René Lalique’s birth, will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s on November 15, 2010 in New York. All proceeds from the sale, which is expected to top $75,000, will be donated to charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
A rare brew from the famed distillery, it boasts of a lovely rich oak color, and notes of peat smoke, dried orange peel, muscovado sugar and cedar wood, mixed with spicy cinnamon sticks and cloves tease the nose. The taste is spicy, blood oranges, rosin, treacle, walnuts, cocoa chocolate and peat smoke while the finish is soft, smooth and spicy, with lingering peats and dark chocolate.
The decanter is based upon a ship’s decanter of the 1820s, the decade in which The Macallan was founded, and features a beautifully engraved panorama of The Macallan estate by the river Spey. The lost wax process is an ancient practice originally developed to cast large pieces in bronze. After first modeling a piece in wax, it is covered with plaster and then sent to the oven to bake the clay while the wax melts. Finally, molten crystal is poured in the emptied shape.
For the next eight months, The Macallan in Lalique Cire Perdue decanter will travel around the world from Paris to New York via Madrid, London, Moscow, Seoul, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Taipei, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. The Cire Perdue decanter was designed and painstakingly hand crafted by Lalique exclusively for The Macallan, inspired by the beauty of The Macallan’s 150 hectare estate in north-eastern Scotland.