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Celebrate ‘A Night On Earth In Scotland’ with The Macallan’s limited edition gifting series

The limited edition single malt whisky will be the first in The Macallan’s new annual gifting series.

The Macallan’s latest whisky, ‘A Night On Earth In Scotland’ tells the tale of the country’s world-famous Hogmanay festivities and aims to capture the universal joy of celebrating the coming new year. It couldn’t be more apt to usher in the Lunar New Year with a touch of sweetness and spice from The Macallan, wrapped in a bold new packaging to introduce its gifting series.

The first in a new annual limited edition gifting series by the brand, this release is done in collaboration with acclaimed Japanese-French illustrator Erica Dorn, who has previously created designs for some of the world’s leading luxury brands. Dorn’s artwork has also been featured in the films of Wes Anderson.

Dorn’s playful and abstract style of illustrations are inspired by the historic fire rituals that take over the New Year’s celebrations all around the world. The illustrations are part of an innovative packaging decision to provide whisky drinkers with a unique unboxing experience.

“Fire plays a significant role in New Year celebrations around the world. Around its warmth we gather our families, friends, and loved ones to share past memories and future hopes,” expresses Erica Dorn. “Though the fire rituals may differ from culture to culture, fire is universal in its ability to unite us and bring us ‘home’.”

Dorn’s illustrations also uncover some of the distinctive customs of Scotland’s Hogmanay festivities, including the tradition of ‘first-footing’ — when it is good luck for a dark-haired visitor to be the first person to enter your home after midnight, bearing symbolic gifts that are said to bring comfort and happiness in the year ahead. These gifts can vary from whisky, coal and Scottish shortbread.

“The colours for this presentation box were selected with a particular journey in mind,” Dorn continues. “First, red for merriment, vitality, good fortune and joy; blue to remind us of a winter evening in Scotland, in all its peace and stillness; and finally, amber — in tribute to the sweet aroma of soft butter and freshly baked shortbread, which were an inspiration for Sarah Burgess in the creation of this whisky.”

Sarah Burgess, The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker, drew on fond family memories of the Hogmanay festivities to create a rich, evocative expression when crafting the single malt whisky.

The finished A Night On Earth In Scotland blend is sweet, with a soft, velvety mouthfeel. The whisky’s vanilla sweetness references the rich Scottish shortbread traditionally gifted and eaten at Hogmanay, while notes of dried orange and spice recall the flavours and aromas that filled our house through the festive season. Crafted from a selection of The Macallan’s sherry seasoned American and European oak casks, as well as American ex-bourbon barrels, the extensive process is what gives it its rich, sweet shortbread-like character.

“Crafting A Night On Earth In Scotland has been an extremely personal experience for me, which took me back to growing up in our family home in Speyside, just across the river from The Macallan Estate,” says Sarah Burgess. “Encapsulating the hopes and dreams of Hogmanay celebrations past, present and future, it also conveys the unwavering human desire to spend special times with loved ones.”

For more information about The Macallan A Night On Earth In Scotland, visit its official website.

Martin Teo
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Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.
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