Single-cask, cask-strength Macallan is one of the rarest phenomena in the whisky industry. Almost fabled. And yet, it does exist. There are only a few opportunities to buy this kind of whisky. One such opportunity is the Macallan Easter Elchies Cask Strength Selection Series.
Macallan Easter Elchies
Named for Easter Elchies House, the ancestral home of Macallan, the Macallan Easter Elchies Cask Selection Series contains six single-cask, cask-strength Macallans with varying levels of rarity.
The collection comprises:
- Macallan 1995/1996 Easter Elchies 2008 12 Year Old 59.6% 480 bottles
- Macallan 1995 Easter Elchies 2009 13 Year Old 52.8% 286 bottles
- Macallan 1997 Easter Elchies 2010 13 Year Old 52.3% 600 bottles
- Macallan 1997 Easter Elchies 2011 14 Year Old 59.7% 550 bottles
- Macallan 1999 Easter Elchies 2012 13 Year Old 57.2% 400 bottles
- Macallan 1996 Easter Elchies 2013 17 Year Old 55.3% 386 bottles
The design of these bottles is reminiscent of the Macallan Handwritten Labels, with each bottle displaying a different coloured ribbon and wax seal, making each expression instantly recognisable.
We currently have two of these fabled bottles for sale on our shop:
- Macallan 1996 Easter Elchies 2013 17 Year Old 55.3% – £4,004
- Macallan 1999 Easter Elchies 2012 13 Year old 57.2% – £4,692
So, why is it that Macallan collectors and connoisseurs are so excited by these releases? And what makes single cask, cask strength Macallan so rare?
The Rarity of Single Cask, Cask Strength Macallan
Macallan is considered the pinnacle of luxury Scotch whisky. The distillery can (and does) release no-age-statement whisky for a price far above what you would expect from a standard distillery because the demand for their expressions is so high.
As such, no-age-statement releases do not require the use of high-age-statement or very exclusive casks. They can vat younger whiskies together, release them as limited editions, and still make a profit. This means that rarer and high-aged casks can be held back for strategic releases such as The Macallan 1926 60 Year Old or the bottles in the Macallan Red Collection.
Releasing bigger batches also makes more financial sense for Macallan. Single-cask bottlings are usually limited to several hundred bottles, or even less if the cask is older and the bottle yield is lower. Therefore, releasing such small batch numbers to an audience the size of Macallan’s is less profitable than releasing NAS bottlings in higher batch numbers.
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This makes the release of bottlings similar to the Macallan Easter Elchies series increasingly unlikely in the future.
If you would like to get your hands on single-cask, cask-strength Macallan then your best chance is obtaining bottles that already exist on the secondary market.
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