It has been a big year for The Macallan, what with their sixth Masters of Photography expression made with Steven Klein, and the stunning Edition No. 3 crafted in collaboration with Master Perfumer, Roja Dove. You’d expect the Speyside whisky house to halt the engines as the year dies down, but their latest Quest Collection release proves otherwise.
Focused on the idea of taking a sensorial journey, the Quest Collection is a suite of four No Age Statement whiskies – named Quest, Lumina, Terra and Enigma -available only at travel retail. The quad will replace The Macallan’s 1824 range, the current travel retail exclusive for the label. This marks the first change in seven years.
The global launch was held on 13 December in Singapore — and we’re one of the first few in the world to taste all four single malts.
Quest, priced at US$64 (S$87), is a straw-coloured statement matured in four different cask types, like European and American Sherry-seasoned oak, hogsheads and American ex-bourbon casks. The sharp, slightly spicy whisky is bottled at 40 percent ABV, and replete with notes of cinnamon and vanilla — a testament to the prominence of ex-bourbon cask profiles. Fans of younger whiskies in the The Macallan’s Fine Oak line will enjoy Quest.
Lumina is the second of the suite, priced at US$100 (S$135). This tawny whisky is made entirely from European, American and hogshead sherry-seasoned barrels, bottled at 41.3 percent ABV. It starts off with a sharp kick of wood spice on the palate, that mellows into toffee at the end, making it a suitable alternative to the sweeter sherry-kissed whiskies on the market.
Terra and Enigma were, by far, the most favoured at the launch for being single malts that stick true to The Macallan’s Spanish sherry cask DNA. Both sing on the nose and tongue, embodying the wood in which each was matured.
The 43.8 percent ABV Terra is a creamy spirit full of caramel and dried apricots, segueing into a light kick of pepper, as well as nutmeg. It is made with first-fill European and American sherry-seasoned oak from the Tevasa and Vasyma wood suppliers in Spain. This complex beauty is priced at US$165 (S$225).
Enigma is a refined finale to the Quest Collection. It is made with rare first-fill hogshead and first-fill casks sourced from Tevasa, rendering it a luxurious, honeyed expression that unfolds in layers on the tongue, taking you from caramel, to dried fruits, and a lingering dose of sweet oak at the end. Enigma costs US$250 (S$340), bottled at a heady 44.9 percent ABV.
The Quest Collection is available at travel retail worldwide, in single bottles or cartons. All prices pertain to 70cl bottles.